Redevelopment on Ontario Street
New development by local SMASHotels planned for the 224-228 E. Ontario Street
December 2, 2014
is redeveloping a site along Ontario Street that is currently occupied
by two three-story structures: one vacant and another with a couple of
commercial uses including a nail salon. The developer, ECD Company of
Lincolnshire assembled both the 224 E and 228 E parcels for an
as-of-right proposal, designed within the existing zoning constraints of
the Downtown Mixed-Use (DX -12) District. Other SMASHotel properties
include: The Wit, The Fairfield Inn - Magnificent Mile and the Hampton
Inn & Suites in Lincolnshire.
this year, Alderman Reilly met with the developer to review the
proposal and begin community process. Since this proposal did not
require a zoning change, the Alderman required the development group to
meet with adjacent property owners and SOAR to present their plans and
gather feedback. The presentation previewed plans for a 17-story,
195-key modern designed hotel and a traffic study to identify the best
solution for guest and commercial loading.
architects, Koo and Associates, Ltd. chose a more modern design to
give homage to the block which was the former home of the Museum of
Contemporary Art but also provide some aesthetic diversity to the
streetscape while respecting the scale, coursing and property lines of
adjacent structures. Project traffic engineers worked closely with the
Department of Transportation for final approval on a workable loading
those mandated community meetings with SOAR and surrounding
stakeholders and many months of work with the developer came some
constructive changes to the initial proposal:
- The hotel structure was designed with a setback 10' from the property line to better respect its neighbors and blockfront
- The proposed hotel canopy which dramatically extended over the property line was eliminated
- The loading zone was recessed to help alleviate traffic congestion along Ontario
- New trees will be planted along the frontage
- The color palette of the structure was modified for greater compatibility with the existing built landscape
Alderman Reilly is grateful for the collaboration with SOAR and adjacent property owners in review of this proposal. This open
dialogue for development review downtown, which has been in place
since taking office in 2007, helps shape more compatible, contributing
structures without exception.
steps for this proposal include demolition of the two existing
three-story structures and site prep in the upcoming months. To view a
copy of the plans, please click here.
you have any questions about this proposal, please do not hesitate to
contact our constituent service office at: 312-642-4242.
New Pocket Park, Infrastructure Improvements and Parkways coming soon!
August 22, 2014
week at The Chicago Plan Commission hearing, two River North projects
were unanimously approved. Both projects combined will deliver a new
8,000 SF pocket park, infrastructure improvements and parkways planters.
The projects are located at 720 N. LaSalle and 167 W. Erie Street are
being developed by Magellan Development Group LLC.
for these structures came after many months of negotiation with
impacted stakeholders, in coordination and partnership with the River
North Residents Association. Out of those meetings came requests for
green space, infrastructure improvements, high-quality design/materials
and more trees. We are pleased to report that the following two projects
were able to deliver on each of those requests!
720 North LaSalle Street
N. LaSalle Street, designed by Tom Kerwin of BKL Architects, is a 382'
tall, 298 dwelling unit building with commercial uses on the ground
floor, 109 parking stalls provided on site (yet concealed from public
view), and an 8,000SF pocket park at the corner of Wells and Superior
Streets. The entire structure will be clad in masonry responding to the
materiality of River North architecture.
pocket park will be publicly accessible yet maintained and secured by
building management with 24-hour door staff. The entire perimeter of the
building will also have new parkways and trees.
720 North LaSalle Pocket Park
Infrastructure improvements will include:
- Installation of a traffic signal at Wells and Superior;
- Installation of countdown signals at the following intersections:
- Wells and Huron
- Wells and Erie
- Wells and Ontario
- LaSalle and Ontario;
- Installation of a replacement light pole on the sought side of Superior, west of LaSalle.
To learn more, click on the following links to view the Bulk Table and PD Exhibits, PD Statements, and CPC Presentation.
167 West Erie Street
site is currently occupied by the former Gino's East, aka "the giant
pizza slices anchored into the sidewalk" at 167 W. Erie. The approved
development for this site is also a mixed-use structure with 39 stories,
450 residential dwelling units, ground floor commercial space, 219
off-street parking spaces (again concealed from public view) and over
29,000 square feet of green roof covering. And of course, the giant
pizza slices will be removed!
entire site plan includes the new residential tower with parking and
ground floor retail, in addition to a modified existing office building,
a one-story partial floor interior amenities level, as well as an
exterior roof deck addition on top of the existing building next door.
This development also includes all new streetscaping and trees along each elevation.
To learn more, click here to download the CPC presentation, Statements and Exhibits.
The Chicago Plan Commission (CPC),
comprised of 22 mayoral appointees, is responsible for the
review of proposals that involve Planned Developments (PDs), the
Lakefront Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs),
Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.
Over 4 Acres of New Park Space Coming to the 42nd Ward!
July 25, 2014
Reilly spent over two years negotiating
developments which include 4.5
acres of new publicly accessible green space for
River Point, 150 North Riverside and Wolf Point.
Groundbreakings for two of the sites were held this past week.
his robust public process and after hundreds of hours of negotiations
for these three projects, Alderman Reilly negotiated a network of over
4.5 acres of public open space, to be constructed at no expense to
a 45-story office tower currently under construction at 444 West Lake,
will provide a 1.5 acre privately-built and maintained public park with
a 450 foot Riverwalk to connect the development to the existing
Riverwalk on the west bank of the Chicago River.
(Alderman Reilly at the July 24, 2014 Groundbreaking Ceremony for 150 N. Riverside)
150 North Riverside,
which broke ground earlier this week, was first presented to the
Alderman in 2011. After 18 months of discussions and nearly a dozen
proposal iterations, Alderman Reilly was able to negotiate with the 150
N. Riverside developer to achieve over 1.5 acres of public open space.
developer will construct a deck over the railroad tracks along the
Chicago River between Lake Street and Randolph Street with green space
and public river walk improvements above. The entire development will be
privately funded, concealing unattractive, noisy, polluting rail tracks
which are currently visible from many prominent downtown locations.
L to R: John O'Donnell, CEO of O'Donnell Investment Company; Alderman
Reilly; John Ettelson, CEO of William Blair & Company; Jorge
Ramirez, President of Chicago Federation of Labor; Commissioner Andrew
J. Mooney, Chicago Department of Planning and Development)
Reilly also welcomed another riverfront project, which will bring 2.6
acres of green space to the 42nd Ward - the site commonly referred to as Wolf Point at 350 North Orleans.
(Wolf Point Groundbreaking on July 18, 2014)
L to R: Michael Carrigan, President, IL AFL-CIO; Tom Villanova, Chicago
Building Trades Council; Mike Stotz, AFL-CIO Investment Trust; Chris
Kennedy, Wolf Point Owners; Jorge Ramirez, Chicago Federation of Labor;
Reilly successfully negotiated with developers via the planned
development process to maximize the addition of more publicly accessible
open green space on this site. Following several months of intense
negotiations, the amount of public open green space on the site has
mushroomed to a full 78% of the site - approximately 2.6 acres of the
buildable area. In addition to expanding the sheer acreage of public
open space, the Alderman's negotiations resulted in over 100,000 SF of
riverbank park and open space.
Many of the Chicago Park District's neighborhood parks are not nearly as large as the planted areas will be, once complete.
the planned development process, Alderman Reilly always strives to
secure as many privately-funded community benefits and improvements as
possible. Alderman Reilly is pleased to report his successful
negotiations have resulted in a number of meaningful public benefits,
including more than 4.5 acres of public open space for all Chicagoans to
To read the official press release for 150 North Riverside, click here
More information about 150 North Riverside is available at 150northriverside.com.
To learn more about the Wolf Point Development Proposal, visit their website: www.wolfpointchicago.com.
River North Development Proposals for 707 North Wells Street and 100 West Huron Street
May 23, 2014
707 N. Wells Proposed Development
Partners has proposed this development of a new 11-story, 51-unit
apartment building at 707 N. Wells in the heart of River North. The
mixed-use residential building will also include approximately 4,600
square feet of commercial space and 51 parking stalls on floors 2 and 3.
The 51 residential units will be located on floors 4 through 11.
Please note this development does not require a zoning change. It is
being processed as a DX-5 development proposal, as an as of right
100 West Huron Proposed Development
Partners has also proposed developing a new 14-story, 28-unit boutique
condominium building at 100 West Huron Street. The mixed-use residential
building will include approximately 4,000 square feet of commercial
space and 52 parking stalls on floors 2, 3, and 4. The 28 residential
units will be located on floors 5 through 14. Please note this
development does not require a zoning change. It is being processed as a
DX-7 development proposal, as an as of right development.
As part of Alderman Reilly's
transparent community process for new developments, observations are
welcome on this project. Please forward any comments for Alderman Reilly to consider to: email@example.com
Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal of 750 N. Hudson Avenue
May 2, 2014
Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) recently
co-hosted a public presentation for a proposed development for the
property located at 750 N Hudson known as "The Hudson". Alderman Reilly
would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and
transparent community review process.
of the ONNI Group development team presented their plans for a 25-story
mixed-use building to contain 240 residential units, 10,000 square feet
of retail space, two landscaped roof terraces for residents and an open
green space at the corner of Kingsbury Street and Chicago Avenue. The
location of the proposed development spans the South side of Chicago
Avenue from North Kingsbury Street to North Hudson Street.
If you were unable to attend the Monday, April 28 meeting, please click on the following link to download the slideshow presentation from the meeting. Additional
elevations have been included in this updated slideshow at the request
of guests attending.