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410 E. Grand
December 23, 2011


GHB 630 LLC is the owner and developer of the parcel (currently a surface parking lot) at 410 E Grand bounded by Ohio Street to the north, McClurg Court to the west, Grand Avenue to the south, and an interior lot line to the east.

They proposed to construct a 45 story residential tower on the south end of the site along Grand Avenue, containing 35 levels of apartments (490 units) atop an 8-level podium. The north end of the site along Ohio Street will contain about 60,000 square feet of office space on 4 floors above the ground floor. The 8-level podium covers most of the site and will contain 8 levels of parking (296 spaces) above the ground floor; residential and office lobbies; 3 retail spaces totaling 8,500 SF, management offices; loading docks; garage ramps and building support space. The apartment units and office space will shield the public parking garage from view.

Although this development proposal required no change of the underlying zoning, Alderman Reilly hosted two separate neighborhood-wide community meetings to solicit local feedback and input from impacted homeowners associations and community organizations. As a result of those meetings, the developer's revised proposal is more contextual with neighboring structures and the surrounding neighborhood infrastructure.

Alderman Reilly has also worked with the Chicago Department of Transportation's (CDOT) engineers and traffic professionals to finalize a plan incorporating a number of important infrastructure improvements to dramatically improve traffic management and vehicular and pedestrian safety. The Alderman is pleased to report that the developer has committed to fund the following infrastructure improvements:

  • Widening of McClurg Court to a uniform 48 feet width to allow for the installation of a bicycle lane;
  • Providing pedestrian countdown signals at the intersection of McClurg Court and Grand Avenue;
  • Moving the Grand Avenue CTA bus stop back to its original location west of McClurg Court;
  • Relocating three existing streetlights and a parking pay box on Ohio Street;
  • Adding a second driveway cut on Ohio Street and on Grand Avenue, and relocating the single existing driveway cuts on each street; and
  • Dedicating approximately 2,636 SF to the City of Chicago, both along Grand Avenue and McClurg Court, in order to create landscape planters and increase sidewalk widths.

It is important to note that Alderman Reilly has already secured a letter of commitment from Daley & George, the law firm representing GHB 630 LLC, documenting their commitment to the above-mentioned points. This letter was also submitted into the CPC record as an attachment to the Alderman's testimony. 

The Alderman believes the proposal presented before the Plan Commission is a vast improvement over the originally submitted plans - a direct result of the important feedback provided through the robust community review process in the 42nd Ward.

Click here to view a copy of the Planned Development Application.


Feasibility study for Prentice Hospital - supplied by Northwestern University, building owner
May 24, 2011

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to view the study.


Proposed Reuse Study for Prentice Hospital - Recently Published by Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois
May 6, 2011

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NMH Outpatient Care Pavilion

November 5, 2011

Last month, Alderman Reilly co-hosted a second community meeting for Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Outpatient Care Pavilion (OCP) proposal to be located at 259 E. Erie Street. This follow-up meeting was required by Alderman Reilly to address community concerns raised at the first meeting held on September 23, 2011.

This second meeting was well-attended and highlighted changes Northwestern made in response to community feedback. Those revisions include:

  • Submerging all loading to below-grade. (The original plan included on-grade loading accessed off of Erie Street)
  • Removing one of the pedestrian bridges for a total of two. (The original plan included three pedestrian bridges)
  • Reducing the height of the overall building from 25 stories to 24 stories

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please click here to view the power point slide show presented by NMH.

Alderman Reilly would like to thank all who participated in his community process. The transparent, rigorous community process that Alderman Reilly began when taking office in 2007 is something that residents and community stakeholders have come to rely upon to help shape new development in their neighborhood. The resulting dialogue at these meetings always culminates in a more compatible, responsible development.


Upcoming New Development at 360 W. Hubbard Street in River North

October 29, 2011

The Habitat Company is developing a new luxury apartment community at 360 West Hubbard, the northeast corner of Hubbard Street and Kingsbury Street. This 43-story, 450 apartment community is being built under the City's Green Permit Program and will achieve a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 450 apartments include studio, convertible, one bedroom and two bedroom units. In addition, this development will have a 520 space, 8-level enclosed parking structure.

The residential tower and parking garage are set back from streets to provide for landscaped pedestrian public ways and an open site plan with 40% set aside for landscaping, including a major park area focused around two water features. Neighborhood residents will be able to take advantage of a dog run to be located on the south side of the site along Illinois Street.

The zoning for this development was approved by former Alderman Natarus in 2007, at the tail end of his
final term as alderman but has been delayed until now due to the economy. Alderman Reilly required the development team provide an informational presentation to the two community groups with standing in River North: The River North Residents' Association and the River North Business Association. Attendees were briefed on the design and construction staging impacts. If you are interested in viewing a full set of plans, please click here.



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