This Week at the Chicago Plan Commission...
November 22, 2013
The Chicago Plan Commission (CPC), comprised of 22 mayoral appointees, is responsible for the review of proposal sthat involve Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs), Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.
The CPC met Thursday, November 22nd to review the following project in the 42nd Ward, which was approved. If you would like to view the entire meeting agenda, please click here.
Waterway-Business Planned Development at
150 N. Riverside
applicant, O'Donnell Investment Company proposes to construct a deck
over the railroad tracks along the Chicago River between Lake Street and
Randolph Street in order to build a 757-foot office tower with green
space and public river walk improvements above.
development complies with its current zoning classification of DX-16 in
regards to FAR and use, so negotiations and public dialogue did not
include the usual discussion about density bonuses. Further, TIF money
was not part of the conversation, as Alderman Reilly did not support the
use of any city subsidies to support this project. All improvements to
be made beyond city requirements were agreed upon by the development
team in order to create a more compatible, privately-funded development
for the neighborhood.
O'Donnell Investment Company presented their initial development plan
to Alderman Reilly in late 2011. Over the course of 18 months, the
Alderman held several meetings with the Developer, residential neighbors
and community organizations to understand their concerns and conduct a
dialogue focused on site infrastructure and community benefits.
June of this year, after almost a dozen proposal iterations, O'Donnell
presented a plan which largely addressed Alderman Reilly's concerns and
residents' requested changes related to: accessible, at-grade open green
space; maximizing the amount of green space while reducing the amount
of hardscape; providing public access to the river; and managing traffic
and infrastructure needs commensurate with the scale of the proposal.
plan presented at CPC is a sharp contrast to what was initially
presented to Alderman Reilly in 2011. The planned development documents
65% decrease in the height and size of the above-grade parking
structure (reduced from 3 stories in height: 40' high to 1-story in
- A 65% decrease of the garage area and total onsite parking spaces (reduced from 220+ cars to less than 80)
- A 40% increase of green space (increased from 35,000SF to over 50,000SF)
- A 60% reduction of hardscape (reduced from 25,000SF to less than 10,000SF)
- A 33% increase of the overall public open space area (increased from 30,000SF to over 40,000SF)
upon these significant changes, Alderman Reilly determined that the
project plan warranted consideration by community stakeholders, and a
public presentation was held on July 31, 2013 to gather additional
The meeting resulted in suggestions for additional revisions and public benefit opportunities including:
mid-block pedestrian crosswalks to be added at both Lake and
Randolph connecting to the existing and future riverwalks from
north of River Point, south all the way to Van Buren
- Complete reconstruction of existing river wall to new 2012 flood guidelines
- Installation of signal and/or crosswalk improvements at four (4) additional intersections (per CDOT):
- Canal / Randolph
- Canal / Lake
- Lake / Wacker
- Lake / Wells
- Public bike racks added at both Lake and Randolph Streets
- Publicly accessible stair up to the new green open space from Lake Street
entry ingress/egress modifications at Lake and Randolph Streets in
order to respond to neighboring concerns about traffic and
loading, providing more area for circulation and pedestrian safety
at both access points.
to landscaping and planting palette to address concerns about
sun/shade conditions and tree height in relation to adjacent
proposal was routed through Alderman Reilly's standard, rigorous
community review process. At his direction, the Developer met with area
stakeholders multiple times, affording residents ample opportunity to
fully understand the project and voice their concerns.
receiving the necessary approvals by the Plan Commission and Committee
on Zoning, Alderman Reilly will host a construction logistics and
staging meeting for residents to understand the level of disruption the
upcoming development will bring and all of the protections the City of
Chicago has in place to ensure their home will remain structurally
sound. Information about this future construction meeting will be publicized in future Reilly Reports.
completion, this project will be an asset to the 42nd Ward and the
city. The new open green space will be yet another premier public space
along the Chicago River. The entire development will be privately
funded, concealing unattractive, noisy, polluting rail tracks which are
currently visible from many prominent downtown locations.
Reilly thanks the Fulton River District Association, other community
stakeholders (specifically the residents of Randolph Place at 165 N.
Canal), the Developer and project manager from the Department of
Planning, Fernando Espinoza for their work to resolve contentious issues
during this public process and craft the best possible final project.
This level of cooperation and commitment by all parties is a process
that Alderman Reilly is proud to be a part of, ensuring responsible
development in the 42nd Ward.
To learn more about the project, click on the following links to download a copy of the slideshow presentation from the CPC meeting and final PD exhibits.
Upcoming Community Presentation for Proposed Development at 200 North Michigan Avenue
August 30, 2013
Reilly invites you to join him at a public presentation for a proposed
Planned Development for the property located at 200 North Michigan
Avenue. Per the Alderman's direction, representatives of the 200 North
Michigan Avenue development team will present their plans and answer any
questions you may have about their proposal. Alderman Reilly will
co-host this meeting with the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and will
monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.
The proposed development is a mixed-use development including retail, residential and accessory parking uses.
WHAT: Redevelopment of 200 N. Michigan Ave.
WHO: Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly
and Chicago Loop Alliance
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 5:30 pm
WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel
230 North Michigan Avenue
hope you can join the CLA and Alderman Reilly to engage in a direct
dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of
their proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.
Wolf Point Update
February 18, 2013
Click here to read the latest update on the revised Wolf Point proposal.