Swedish American Museum Adds Parking

By Adeshina Emmanuel on May 10, 2013 8:15am 

 Rick and Janet Nelson transferred the keys to the Nelson Funeral Chapel parking lot to Swedish American Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie.
Rick and Janet Nelson transferred the keys to the Nelson Funeral Chapel parking lot to Swedish American Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie.
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ANDERSONVILLE — The Swedish American Museum purchased a parking lot at the corner of West Foster and North Ashland avenues that was left vacant by the recent departure of Nelson Funeral Chapel.

The museum announced the acquisition of 5201-5205 N. Ashland Ave. this week.

The 16-space lot is about 6,000 square feet, has one handicapped space and is now available to museum visitors on a “first-come, first-parked basis,” about a block away, according to the museum at 5721 N. Clark St.

“The lot is in excellent condition,” museum executive director Karin Moen Abercrombie said in a statement. “And it provides more visibility for the Museum while easing parking concerns for many who drive to special events and ongoing programs.”

Abercrombie preferred not to delve into details of the sale, but the Cook County Assessor pegs the value of the land at about $53,000.

The Nelson family, which released the land from a trust, decided not to renew its lease on the 84-year-old funeral home across the street, 5149 N. Ashland Ave., once it expired at the end of April. Nelson also has a location in northwest suburban Park Ridge.

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