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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. CST

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Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Chicago - IL Documenters Team

Note-taking by Stephen Yoshida

Western Avenue Corridor Study; Roseland Community Medical District Master Plan; Lincoln Square Affordable Housing

Live reporting by Leon Tai

Chicago Plan Commission, South Lakefront Developments

Good morning Chicago! Today's a Chicago Plan Commission meeting, starting at 10am. @CHIdocumenters #chicago #development #cityplanning

10:01 AM Nov 17, 2022 CST

Leon @Leon_Documenter 2/48
All items under Dispositions, ANLAP, Acquisitions, Change of Use, and TIF Plan Updates approved.
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D1: The sole purpose of this proposal is to add a daycare as permitted use to the building at 369 W Grand Avenue. Maximum capacity will be 150 children, with 19 staff members onsite. $1.5m in total project costs, and will create 60 construction jobs for the build-out.
Leon @Leon_Documenter 4/48
Item D1 passes.
D2: Proposal to rezone the property at 2501 N Elston Ave so that they can remove a portion of land from the planned development boundaries.
D3: Proposal to rezone 2501 N Elston Ave so that they can include additional property within the development boundary.
Leon @Leon_Documenter 5/48
Parcels to be removed and parcels to be added, along with pedestrian context looking east from Elston. #chicago #planning #development https://t.co/LRBSG51uLP
Leon @Leon_Documenter 6/48
No other changes proposed for D2 and D3. Both pass. #chicago #planning #development
Leon @Leon_Documenter 7/48
D4: Proposal to rezone the property at 1356-1366 W Lake Street, in the Near West Side community, to allow for the operation of a tattoo studio. No structural or exterior changes will be made. #chicago #cityplanning #development #tattoos #tattoostudio #tattoo https://t.co/rHxFw0YyD8
Leon @Leon_Documenter 8/48
Existing street context. This is a black-founded, venture backed company. 8-12 full time positions will be created, with intentions for the hiring ratio to be 65% people of color and 25% women. Proposal passes. #chicago #BlackOwnedBusiness #tattooartists #development #tattoos https://t.co/x9GM2CVjmM
Leon @Leon_Documenter 9/48
D5: A proposal to construct a new baseball field and renovate two existing baseball diamonds north of Hayes Drive. The renovations include replacement of the existing infields, installation of new player benches and pathways, and general ADA improvements. #chicago #baseball https://t.co/KkYAQF3Pz0
Leon @Leon_Documenter 10/48
South Lakefront Framework Plan. #chicago #development #sports #baseball #cityplanning #parks https://t.co/KCt976FYrd
Leon @Leon_Documenter 11/48
Community benefits. This project has exceeded its M/WBE requirements, with 30% minority participation and 54% women participation. #chicago #minoritybusinesses #WomeninBusiness #development #cityplanning #baseball #sports https://t.co/BFsOcwcsAG
Leon @Leon_Documenter 12/48
Item D5 passes.
D6: Proposal to rezone the site at 2222 S Michigan Ave so that they can renovate the existing building to construct a 1 story rooftop. It will contain commercial, retail, restaurant, rooftop patio, lodging and entertainment uses. #chicago #development #commercial https://t.co/9MCT7oXnvu
Leon @Leon_Documenter 13/48
The Wabash side is where the residential entry will be, and the Wabash side of the rooftop will be accessible to residents only. #chicago #planning #citydevelopment #community #commercial #buildings https://t.co/pzLwzuRGZH
Leon @Leon_Documenter 14/48
Total project costs are $62.5 million. It will create 150 permanent and temp positions, with 26% MBE, 6% WBE, and local hiring goals. There will be 8 affordable units on-site (20%) and average of 60% AMI (area-median income) #chicago #affordability #affordablehousing #development https://t.co/ajK0C09RRu
Leon @Leon_Documenter 15/48
Commissioners expressed support for the project. Ald. Dowell: "I am very excited about this development. As Comm. Reyes stated it's an interesting concept that I'm sure will work here." Motion to approve Item D6 passed. #chicago #development #cityplanning #urbanplanning #housing
Leon @Leon_Documenter 16/48
D7: Proposal to rezone the properties at 4651 N. Western Ave & 2320-2332 W Leland Ave to construct a 6 story, 63-unit affordable housing building with 36 parking spots and ground floor commercial space. It's directly across from the CTA Brown Line. #chicago #development #housing https://t.co/fDPjdySxR9
Leon @Leon_Documenter 17/48
Elevations and renders. 100% of units will be affordable.
#chicago #development #cityplanning #urbanplanning #housing #affordability #housingaffordability https://t.co/Fz1TGyhgw5
Leon @Leon_Documenter 18/48
It'll be a pedestrian-friendly public realm with outdoor seating, widened sidewalks, and beautified streetscapes with trees and other plants. #chicago #development #urbandevelopment #urbanism #affordablehousing #housing #cityplanning #urbanism #greenways #pedestrianfriendly https://t.co/KAyOevrUyO
Leon @Leon_Documenter 19/48
Comm. Reyes raised concern about balancing the budget for this - it will be difficult to build an energy efficient, well-constructed and beautifully landscaped project while also keeping rental prices affordable at around $487. She still very much supports it though. #chicago
Leon @Leon_Documenter 20/48
Ald. Waguespack asked if the affordable units will remain affordable in perpetuity.
Answer: "They are at minimum 30 years income restricted."
#chicago #affordablehousing #housing #lincolnsquare #development #urbanplanning #cityplanning #urbanism #mixedusedevelopments
Leon @Leon_Documenter 21/48
A few public commenters had referenced this development, saying that it would diversify the area. The Commission was asked to ignore the "racist dog-whistling" rhetoric used against this affordable housing project. #chicago #housing #development
blockclubchicago.org/2021/08/02/rid…
Leon @Leon_Documenter 22/48
Commissioners then approved Item D7. Congratulations to Lincoln Square on the next affordable housing development to come to the area! #chicago #housing #affordability #housingcrisis #lincolnsquare #development #urbanplanning #cityplanning #affordablehousing
Leon @Leon_Documenter 23/48
Item D8: A proposal to adopt the Western Avenue Corridor Study. It examines land uses, development patterns, and circulation from Addison to Howard St. #chicago #landuse #development #sustainability #traffic #cityplanning #urbanplanning
chicago.gov/content/dam/ci…
Leon @Leon_Documenter 25/48
Timeline/proposed methods. This plan intends to intersect mixed-use developments with foot traffic, marrying commercial activity with residential zones. It will also support residents with affordable housing options. #chicago #housing #development #affordablehousing #urbanism https://t.co/l3PsH3hJ6s
Leon @Leon_Documenter 26/48
Mobility improvements and strategies for community systems. 5 neighborhood centers (Byron, Lawrence, Bryn Mawr, Devon, & Lunt) would serve as hubs from where mixed-use density developments would spread outwards. #chicago #development #mixedusedevelopment #urbanism #urbanplanning https://t.co/LjEOtsP30V
Leon @Leon_Documenter 27/48
Historic buildings up for re-use, and prioritization of underutilized sites for new construction. #chicago #development #zoning #urbanism #urbanplanning #cityplanning #mixedusedevelopment #business #commercial #community https://t.co/rCA6fiGBAQ
Leon @Leon_Documenter 28/48
Aldermen Vasquez, Cox, and Martin expressed strong support for the study, and the Commission approved it with no further questions. #chicago #development #urbanism #community #urbanplanning #urbanism
Leon @Leon_Documenter 29/48
D9: Proposal to adopt the Roseland Community Medical District Master Plan, which "sets forth the vision, physical framework, development strategy & design guidelines for the planning, design, construction, & operation of a mixed-use campus focused on high-quality patient care."
Leon @Leon_Documenter 30/48
The Roseland Community Hospital has suffered from charges of medical malpractice, mismanagement, and negative federal inspection reports, as well as general disinvestment in the area. This Master Plan intends to reinvigorate the community with investment and serve adequate..
Leon @Leon_Documenter 31/48
.. healthcare to the otherwise underserved community members. Planning narrative:
#chicago #healthcare #development https://t.co/b0dHpC3V7W
Leon @Leon_Documenter 32/48
District locations and boundaries, which will serve 300,000 people in 12 community areas. #chicago #healthcare #development #medical #investment https://t.co/6haEQeutWp
Leon @Leon_Documenter 33/48
Community responses to the plan, healthcare priorities, and sites for catalyzing these goals. #chicago #healthcare #development #urbanplanning #community #healthoutcomes #roseland #outpatient #medicaltreatment #medicine #medicalcare https://t.co/bmZpVyGSGM
Leon @Leon_Documenter 34/48
Outpatient center and campus renders, and the medical district buildout. #chicago #healthcare #roseland #medical #community #healthoutcomes #outpatient #medicaltreatment #medicine #urbanplanning #medicalcare https://t.co/WqYK8Zlwsx
Leon @Leon_Documenter 36/48
The Commission then approved the study. Congratulations to the Roseland Community for progress towards implementing this incredible outpatient center! #chicago #healthcare #roseland #community #development #urbanplanning #outpatientcare #medicalcare #medicine
Leon @Leon_Documenter 37/48
Lastly, Chairman's Report on the Altenheim Framework Plan, which "sets the foundation for a recreational trail and string of open spaces on a two-mile section of elevated rail line in West Side in the communities of North Lawndale, East Garfield Park and West Garfield Park." https://t.co/EP9sz9WihY
Leon @Leon_Documenter 39/48
It intends to install a Parkway Theater, Arts & Music Community Center, and Campus Green along trail line to activate surrounding areas. Here are the equitable planning pillars, trail plans and areas:
#chicago #development #urbanism https://t.co/kerOtAz0Ez
Leon @Leon_Documenter 40/48
More details on the Parkway Theater, Campus Green, and Community Arts centers:
#chicago #development #urbanism #arts https://t.co/4BHBfLpoTx
Leon @Leon_Documenter 41/48
Homan Square focus area plans. This area should complement the investments in the trail line and add points of connectivity which would bring together opportunities for recreation, work, and commercial activity. #chicago #development #urbanism #homansquare #recreation #parks https://t.co/YGOR5Sh4H9
Leon @Leon_Documenter 42/48
Homan Square public realm improvements, and implementation plans for the sites.
#chicago #development #urbanism #arts #greenways #recreation #parks #community https://t.co/b3ReyzUi5e
Leon @Leon_Documenter 43/48
After the Altenheim Line report was concluded, the Commission adjourned around 3pm CST.
#chicago #development #cityplanning #urbanplanning
Leon @Leon_Documenter 44/48
Public Comments:
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives President, David Doid, on the Roseland Community Medical District plan: "There is no neighborhood in Chicago that has suffered more during the pandemic & has had the health disparities and inequities exposed
more than Roseland.
Leon @Leon_Documenter 45/48
.. As we look to recover and rise out of the devastation that COVID has left behind, we need a creative comprehensive strategy that puts health equity first while creating vast economic development opportunities. The Roseland Medical District Master Plan is that strategy."
Leon @Leon_Documenter 46/48
Alex Nelson, on the Western Ave affordable housing project: "Lincoln Square has suffered a decrease in population in the last 10 years & the cost of housing has become unaffordable for both new arrivals and long time residents. The community has demonstrated
a strong commitment..
Leon @Leon_Documenter 47/48
.. to reversing this trend, continuing our proud tradition of being a welcoming neighborhood, providing opportunities to a growing and diverse population. [..] We are eager to welcome our new neighbors." Several more speakers advocated for this project, echoing the sentiment..
Leon @Leon_Documenter 48/48
.. that the area has become increasingly more unaffordable. Businesses would benefit, it's an area well-served by transit, and the project itself includes units large enough to accommodate families. #chicago #affordablehousing #housing #development
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