The Chicago Plan Commission approved a repeal of a majority of the Planned Manufacturing District designation for the North Branch Industrial Corridor, setting the stage for full City Council approval next week. It’s the first PMD to be repealed since the strict classification was first implemented in the 1990s as a way to protect Chicago’s manufacturing sector. Compared to other PMDs spread across the city, the North Branch Corridor has seen a sharp decline in industrial services, mainly due to cheaper land costs on the city’s periphery.

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An ordinance that would formally remove the strict zoning boundaries around the North Branch Industrial Area and open the former manufacturing hub to residential and commercial development faces a preliminary vote today by the city’s Plan Commission. It’s just one of 14 items for the unusually packed monthly agenda.

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