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Community Meeting Summary for Proposed Development at 346-358 N. Union Street & 347-357 N. Halsted Street

November 6, 2015

 

 

Earlier this week, Alderman Reilly and the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL) hosted a community meeting for the proposed development at 346-358 N. Union Street and 347-357 N. Halsted Street. The Alderman would like to thank everyone who participated in this open and transparent community review process.

Representatives of the Chicago Self Storage II, LLC development team presented their plans for the development of a 38-story, 373 dwelling unit residential building, with approximately 158 parking spaces will be provided. The site is currently undeveloped.

If you were unable to attend the Monday, November 3 meeting, please click on the following links to download the slideshow presentation and traffic study.

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New Streeterville Development Approved for 465 N. Park

October 16, 2015

 

 
Alderman Reilly is pleased to have once again partnered with SOAR in the review of another upcoming development in the Streeterville Community.  After over a year of design revisions and project negotiations with developer, Jupiter Realty, the proposal at 465 N. Park Drive now conforms to the planning principles the Alderman and neighbors look for in a new Streeterville development:
 
A maximum amount of open space (either on site or adjacent): Although Jupiter did not require any additional FAR via our density bonus menu for this project, they have agreed to help fund the reconstruction and redesign of Ogden Park as an unofficial "off-site improvement bonus". 

This block-long park situated atop a parking garage has been an eyesore and source of neighborhood complaints for decades.  This has been the case because unfortunately, the entities responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the garage, and to an extent, elements above grade, have shirked their obligations year after year---creating an unsafe, unsightly, and unacceptable condition. 
The overall project cost for the Ogden Park makeover is just over $3M. With the Planned Development proposal as the vehicle, approximately half the cost of the park has been leveraged from Jupiter.  The remainder will be provided by adjacent properties including: the Loews Hotel, its residential component, and the Sheraton. 

Alderman Reilly is grateful for Jupiter's enthusiasm and dedication to improvements to Ogden Park, a very costly but critical beautification effort and public safety initiative.

A tall or multi-story ground floor to enliven and provide extra security for the street: The project includes a double-height ground floor entry that will be lit and staffed 24/7.  This tall ground floor also better camouflages the parking base at the pedestrian level. 

A design that is tall and slender to maximize light and air between existing structures: In response to community concerns, the developer narrowed the overall footprint of the tower to minimize the building site coverage.  The footprint of the top 11 floors occupies less than 20% of the project site area.

A reduction of new on-site parking spaces: Alderman Reilly requests this reduction not only to press down on large, multi-story parking bases, but also for practical reasons - the profile of renters downtown does not generally include car ownership.  Understanding that the code requires .55 per unit, this unit mix does not demand that high number, and  Alderman Reilly believes the design of the building base benefits as well.
 
For more information about this proposal, click on the following links to download the presentation materials from yesterday's Plan Commission Meeting: Staff Report, PD Statements, Bulk Table and CPC Presentation. 

The Chicago Plan Commission, 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.  They met yesterday to review a full agenda of items, including the project at 465 North Park Drive in the 42nd Ward.

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Saved from Demolition: Streeterville's Lindsay Light Company Building

October 8, 2015

 



Last month, an application was filed to demolish the Lindsay Light Company building located at 161 E. Grand Ave.  Lindsay Light is a 4-story masonry commercial structure designed by significant Chicago architect Samuel Crowen and orange-rated on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS).
 
The Wrecking Permit Application triggered the City's Demolition-Delay Ordinance for ("orange") significant buildings.  This hold delays the issuance of a demolition permit for 90 days in order to allow the Landmarks Division (housed within the Department of Planning and Development) to explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building in its entirety or in-part.
 
At Alderman Reilly's request, building ownership withdrew their demo permit application yesterday.  In the upcoming weeks, the Alderman will be meeting with current building ownership and the potential buyer/developer for the site to discuss the most appropriate redevelopment scenario for that important Streeterville location. 
 
The Lindsay Light Company manufactured incandescent gaslight mantles in the early 1930's.  This Streeterville manufacturing building was also noted both by Preservation Chicago and SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) as significant, mentioned on the list of landmark-worthy buildings in the Streeterville Neighborhood Plan.

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Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal at 353 West Grand Avenue

June 26, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) recently co-hosted a public presentation for a proposed development for the property located at 353 West Grand Avenue. Alderman Reilly would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and transparent community review process.

 

 

Representatives of ONNI Group presented their plans for the development of a 32-story mixed-use building with ground floor retail, 330 residential units within the 2nd - 32nd floors, 65 onsite interior parking spaces for retail users, 206 onsite interior parking spaces for residents, and a 5th floor podium with outdoor pool and accessory amenities.

 

If you were unable to attend the Monday, June 22 meeting, please click here to download the slideshow presentation.

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Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal at130 North Franklin Street

April 22, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly recently hosted a public presentation for a development proposal at 130 North Franklin Street. The Alderman thanks everyone who participated in this open and transparent community review process.

 

 

Representatives from the Tishman Speyer Development LLC team presented their plans for a 51-story office building with ground floor retail and commercial space, and 190 accessory off-street parking spaces. The proposal also includes a large landscaped plaza containing approximately 20,000 square feet of open space.

 

If you were unable to attend the Monday, April 20 meeting, please click on the following links to download the slideshow presentation and traffic study.

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This Week at the Chicago Plan Commission...
42nd Ward Proposals Approved in New Eastside and Streeterville Neighborhoods

November 20, 2015

 

The Chicago Plan Commission met yesterday and approved development proposals forWanda Vista Tower at 381-383 E. Wacker Drive andthe new Apple Store at 401 N. Michigan Avenue.

 

 

381-383 East Wacker Drive - Wanda Vista Tower

 

 

After almost a year of meetings with the Lakeshore East, LLC development team, their consultants, and the talented City staffers within the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Alderman Reilly has again successfully negotiated an ambitious skyscraper project for Downtown Chicago.

 

Lakeshore East, LLC proposes to construct Wanda Vista Tower at 381-383 East Wacker Drive, a 1200' building with 410 dwelling units, 210 hotel keys,commercial space and accessory parking.

 

In addition to fine-tuning elements for the structure itself, the Alderman worked with traffic engineers to dramatically improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic circulation throughout Lakeshore East and the surrounding Wanda development site.

 

It is also important to mention that a significant list of concessions and public benefits were secured after much negotiation, not just for the residents of Lakeshore East and the New Eastside, but for the entire city and the growing downtown tourist population.

 

Listed below are some of the more notable benefits:

 

  • A pocket park at the easternmost end of Upper Wacker.This area will be publicly accessible, providing a green oasis at the termination of upper Wacker Drive, which is currently a large vehicular concrete turnaround for buses and limousines.
  • The installation of dozens of pedestrian and vehicular calming improvements including new traffic signalization and signage, speed bumps, differentiated paving, and lighting.
  • The creation of a buffer, both visual and physical, from the auto pound at lowest level Wacker. This will include increased lighting, cladding improvements to the fencing, and where possible, a new coat of paint.
  • Physical improvements to the pedestrian connection to the Riverwalk from the lowest level of Wacker, an area where many Lakeshore East and Near Eastside residents use to access the River.
  • Creation of a temporary sidewalk on Magellan property,within an undeveloped parcel, as requested by 195 N. Harbor Drive and other neighboring residents, to crease a safe pedestrian access to the Lakefront.
  • A thorough wind study was conducted to address the concerns from residents at the Aqua and other Lakeshore East owners. The study, performed by aeronautical and wind-speed professionals, confirms the new structure will not adversely impact the usage of their balconies and pedestrian circulation at street level.
  • The creation of a temporary dog park on currently undeveloped Magellan property for area residents to enjoy. 

    Alderman Reilly helped negotiate the creation of a very large temporary dog park on the currently undeveloped, eastern-most parcel of the Lakeshore East Planned Development, located directly east of the Lancaster, 201 N. Westshore Drive. In a neighborhood brimming with four-legged friends, this is a welcome new amenity!




Earlier this week, Alderman Reilly joined Friends of Lakeshore East Park, neighbors and representatives from Magellan at a ribbon cutting to officially unveil the new dog friendly area.

 


(From L to R:Patrick Borzenski, Magellan;Dan Koz, Lakeshore East Resident;David Carlins, Magellan President; Alderman Reilly;

Sean Linnane, Magellan Executive VP)

 

The new temporary dog park measures approximately 8,000square feet, making it one of the largest enclosed dog-friendly areas in Chicago.

 

To download the Wanda Vista Tower slideshow presentation from Plan Commission, click here.

 

 

401 North Michigan Avenue - Apple Store

 

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to welcome a new Apple flagship store to Chicago. Apple clearly understands the value of "location" in the real-estate choices they are making at the global level. They've hit the mark again by choosing this prominent location along the Chicago River.

 

The proposed riverfront retail project at 401 North Michigan Avenue includes construction of a glass enclosed entrance located on the 401 Plaza with descending stairs to the lower concourse level retail space. The concept includes exterior stairs cascading down from the 401 Plaza and Michigan Avenue to the Riverwalk level.

 

However, like every other development proposal that Alderman Reilly has worked through over the past eight years, the development team's initial offering required some adjustments, and those changes are reflected in the revised plans presented at Plan Commission this week.

 

Based upon this highly trafficked location, along one of the most celebrated river views - and public amenities - in the city, Alderman Reilly worked with the development team to refine their design to fit more neatly within the historic and commercial fabric of this corridor developing along the Chicago River.

 

 

Those changes include:

  • The elimination of a large-scale video screen facing the River. Although intended for educational and tutorial purposes, a large video screen facing the River, its traffic and residents and businesses located south of the River, was not appropriate or established by precedent, and violated the new Riverfront Design Guidelines adopted last year.
  • More substantial transparency in the structure. It was important for the structure to appear as light and unobtrusive, not only in the at-plaza level of the building, but also the cascading portion down the Riverwalk stairs. The originally proposed design was bulkier and blocked some vistas from Pioneer Plaza - the new design addresses that concern.
  • Changes to the roof design to create a less-imposing birds' eye presence on the plaza, in addition to the pedestrian experience of the overall building.
  • Publicly-accessible elevator for access between grades.
  • The implementation of a traffic study and plan for large school groups attending seminars or educations presentations at the store. This site has the benefit of subterranean roadways to accommodate school buses or large groups.

    Alderman Reilly asked Apple to revisit their original plan for drop-off, loading and unloading off the Michigan Avenue vehicular drive. They agreed by developing a traffic plan to create no additional vehicular traffic at-grade on the Avenue for these larger groups.

To download the 401 N Michigan Avenue slideshow presentation from Zeller Realty Group, which was presented at the Plan Commission meeting, click here.

 

TheChicagoPlanCommission, comprised of 22 mayoral appointees, is responsible for the reviewofproposalsthat involve Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs), Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.

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Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal at the Northwest Corner of Ontario and Wells

May 21, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) recently co-hosted a public presentation for a proposed development at the property on the northwest corner of Ontario Street and Wells Street. Alderman Reilly would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and transparent community review process.

 

 

Representatives of the JDL development team presented their plans for a 22-story building with approximately 253 residential units, ground floor retail and commercial space, and 2-story commercial building. 117 accessory off-street parking spaces will be provided.

 

If you were unable to attend the Tuesday, May 12 meeting, click here to download the slideshow presentation.

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Community Meeting Summary for Development Proposal at the Southwest Corner of Hubbard and Wells

April 7, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) recently co-hosted a public presentation for a proposed development at the property on the southwest corner of Hubbard Street and Wells Street. Alderman Reilly would like to thank everyone who participated in the open and transparent community review process.

 

  

 

Representatives of the Centrum Partners LLC development team presented their plans for an 8-story office building and 22-story residential building containing 193 residential units. Both buildings will have ground floor commercial space. 91 parking spaces located in the residential building will serve both buildings.

 

If you were unable to attend the Monday, March 31 meeting,click here to download the slideshow presentation from the meeting.

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