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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

 

 

The 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.

 

This 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.

 

The 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.

 

In 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.  

 

The plan presented at CPC is a sharp contrast to what was initially presented to Alderman Reilly in 2011.  The planned development documents include:

  • A 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 height)
  • 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)

Based 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 public input.   

 

The meeting resulted in suggestions for additional revisions and public benefit opportunities including: 

  • Signalized 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
  • Garage 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.
  • Modifications to landscaping and planting palette to address concerns about sun/shade conditions and tree height in relation to adjacent residential balconies 

This 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. 

 

After 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.

 

Upon 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.  

 

Alderman 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.

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Upcoming Community Presentation for Proposed Development at 200 North Michigan Avenue

August 30, 2013

 

200NMichigan

Alderman 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

 

We 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. 

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Wolf Point Update

February 18, 2013

Click here to read the latest update on the revised Wolf Point proposal.

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Upcoming Community Presentation for Development Proposal at 151 N. Franklin Street  

November 22, 2013

 



Alderman Reilly invites you to join him at a public presentation for a development proposal for the property located at 151 N. Franklin Street. Per the Alderman's direction, representatives of the development team from John Buck Company will present their plans and answer questions you may have about their proposal. Alderman Reilly will co-host the meeting with the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.

 

The applicant has submitted a proposal for the development of a 36-story mixed-use office and retail building at the northeast corner of Randolph Street and Franklin Street. The proposal includes 7,000 square feet of retail space, 825,000 square feet of office space, and a publicly accessible pocket park on the 2nd floor of the proposed building.

 

WHAT:       151 N. Franklin Street

 

WHO:         Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and

                 Chicago Loop Alliance

 

WHEN:       Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:     155 N. Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor Conference Center

 

We 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.

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Community Meeting Summary for 66 E. Wacker Place Development Proposal

November 22, 2013

 


 

Alderman Reilly and the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) recently co-hosted a public presentation for a proposed development for the property located at 66 E. Wacker Place. Alderman Reilly would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and transparent community review process.

 

Representatives of the GDS development team presented their plans for a 27-story hotel with 191 guest rooms.

 

If you were unable to attend the Monday, November 18 meeting, please click on the following link to download the presentation boards from the meeting.

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Community Meeting Summary for RIC Hospital Construction Plans 

July 1, 2013



 

Alderman Reilly and SOAR recently co-hosted a follow-up public presentation to inform area residents of the construction plans for the new Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) facility at 355 E. Erie Street (formerly 630 North McClurg Court). Alderman Reilly would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and transparent community review process.

 

Representatives of the RIC presented their construction plans for their New Research Hospital.  The facility will be a single tower with a height of 480 feet and 27 stories, approximately 900,000 square feet, includes inpatient, research, outpatient, clinical and non-clinical support services and a 680 stall parking garage for patients, visitors and employees.

 

If you were not able to attend the Tuesday, June 25 meeting, please click on the following link to download the slideshow presentation shown at the meeting.

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Upcoming Community Presentation for development proposal at 200 West Randolph Street 

April 29, 2013

 

200WRandolph

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

I am writing to invite you to join me at a public presentation for the 200 West Randolph Street development proposal. Per my direction, Beitler Real Estate Services, LLC and Next Realty, LLC will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal. My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.

 

The Applicant has submitted a proposal for the development of a 23 story, 408,000 square foot Class A office building at this location. The building will consist of commercial space: a ground floor office lobby, 135 parking stalls located on floors 2 through 4, and office space located on floors 5 through 23. Please note, that this project does not require a zoning change. It is being processed as a DC-16 development proposal-not a planned development. Specifics of the proposal will be discussed in detail at the scheduled meeting.

 

WHAT:             200 West Randolph Street  

 

WHO:               Hosted by Alderman Reilly

 

WHEN:             Monday, May 6th at 5:30 P.M.

 

WHERE:            Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

                        28 N. Clark Street, Suite 500

                        Matrix Meeting Room

 

As you know, I work hard to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals.  I hope you can join me to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of this proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.   

 

To learn more about this proposal, please visit the official website: http://www.200wr.com, or click on the following links to download a project narrative and set of plans.

In the meantime, if I can be of assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact my office at 312-642-4242 or visit my Virtual Office website at www.ward42chicago.com.

 

Sincerely,  

 

Brendan Reilly

Alderman, 42nd Ward

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