Opponents of a proposed nine-story condo development planned for a surface parking lot directly across the street from Mary Bartelme Park in the city’s West Loop neighborhood plan to hold a press conference at City Hall ahead of today’s Plan Commission vote on the future of the site.
LG Development is seeking to establish a planned development to build the residential high rise, which would include 95 units, a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units, ranging from 900-square-feet to 2,850-square-feet.
After several back and forth meetings with the community and local Ald. Walter Burnett (27), the developer filed the zoning application with the city in September 2015, just before Chicago’s beefed up Affordable Housing Requirements took effect.
But the project has remained on the backburner, and some in the community, including one local neighborhood group, is strongly opposed. There’s even a website dedicated to the opposition. One local resident, who spoke on background, said they’d rather construct a community center on the lot. Local residents have set up a fundraising campaign to get the money to buy the property from the Cacciatore family, the legal title holder.
The project has also gone through numerous revisions. In August 2014, when the project was first presented to the community, LG had planned a 13- story, 173-foot building with 469 single room occupancy units, a roof deck, and 328 parking spaces, according to this letter from the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO). A month later, LG offered an amended plan that cut the building height to 133 feet, reduced the number of units to 210, and downsized parking to 141 spaces. Still unsatisfied with the changes, LG submitted a third proposal in May 2015, that kept the height at 133-feet, but changed the unit breakdown and increased the square-footage of the units.
The Plan Commission will vote today on the fifth version of the original plan. The West Loop Community Organization is still opposed, even after the developer agreed to decrease the number of balconies facing Peoria street, add more glass and stainless steel to balconies, and enhance the main entry of the building. Their objection, according to the letter, is due to the fact that “the developer has not submitted updated renderings as agreed on September 1, 2015.”
LG Development’s application is the last item on the agenda, according to the latest version of the plan commission agenda. Two days ago, it was the fourth item.
Meanwhile, plans for three other residential high-rise towers, two hotels, and a redevelopment plan for Irving Park’s Six-Corners shopping center also await Plan Commission approval today.
Proposed Hotel Near Fulton Market (27th Ward): Jeffrey Shapack, manager of 200 Green Developer, LLC, filed an application with the city to build an 11-story-story plus penthouse hotel with ground floor retail, restaurant and accessory parking on the corner of Green and Lake Streets. The site Shapack wants to develop at 820-850 W. Lake Street is a block north of the Soho House Hotel that he helped develop in partnership with Chicago-based A.J. Capital Partners. According to the Chicago Architecture Blog, the hotel would include between 167 and 171 guest rooms, a fitness center, and a rooftop pool overlooking the city’s downtown.
Proposed Hotel-Residential Building for McCormick Place (3rd Ward). Developer Draper & Kramer wants to build a 22-story hotel and residential high-rise with 275 units on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Cermak Road. According to the renderings in the application the developer submitted in September 2015, the hotel and residential tower would be connected on the bottom nine floors, with a service elevator separating the residential side from the hotel. Floors 10 through 21 will be only residential. Other amenities would include a hotel roof deck and and residential sky deck. This is one of three hotels planned for McCormick Place.
Proposed 38-Story Residential High-Rise for West Loop (42nd Ward) Gray Cardiff, from California-based Gray Cardiff & Co., wants to build a 38-story residential high-rise building with 373 dwelling units, 145 parking spaces (41% of dwelling units), and 77 bike spaces at the site of an old train car storage field located between Union Avenue and Green Street. According to the application he filed with the city in January, Cardiff plans to take advantage of the city’s affordable housing bonus, which allows for a greater floor-area-ratio by paying into the city’s affordable housing trust fund. The building would be located near the K2 Apartments and its newly-opened half-acre dog park, the biggest in the city, according to DNAinfo. Ald. Brendan Reilly and the Neighbors of the West Loop (NOWL) held a community meeting on this project in November. According to the slideshow presentation he provided to residents, a typical residential floor plan would include 13 units per floor: three studios, seven one-bedroom apartments, and two two-bedroom apartments.
The National Museum of Mexican Art (25th Ward) is seeking to amend an existing planned development (No. 639) to construct a surface parking lot for 50 cars. According to the application the museum filed with the city, in January, the lot will also serve as an outdoor exhibit space.
Sinai Health System (28th Ward) is seeking to amend the boundary of their existing planned development (No. 49) to include two additional city-owned parcels of property (1341 and 1345 S. Fairfield Avenue) they’re in the midst of purchasing. The Mount Sinai Hospital campus is located in North Lawndale on the city’s West Side and is undergoing a $100 million investment: the Sinai Tomorrow Project. The hospital intends to use the subject property for the health care related uses that were previously approved with the original PD: hospital, day care, government-operated health center, and wireless communications facilities. The amended PD adds new uses, including retail. The property is two blocks from the hospital campus, in a predominantly residential area.
Irving Park Six-Corners Development (45th Ward): CSD Six Corners, LLC, an entity with close to twenty stakeholders listed on the economic disclosure statement, filed a planned development application to build a retail center for the site of the former Bank of America building in Irving Park’s Six-Corners. The four-story “vertical retail center,” will have stores on the first and second floor, and parking on the third and fourth. The applicants include Bixby Bridge Fund II, LLC, managed by David Colburn, and Blackfriars Corporation, owned by Keith Colburn, Richard Colburn, and Carol Grigor. Collins Family Limited Partnership is also listed as a stakeholder. The center will contain about 196,000-square-feet of retail and 473 parking spaces.