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to soliciting broad public input regarding proposed development projects that impact 42nd Ward residents and local businesses. Below you will find links to proposed development projects that include a description of the project, detailed documentation on the proposal, and proposal feedback forms that enable local residents and businesses to weigh in on the proposal with their opposition, support, and recommendations for improvement.
 

Presentation Materials from Monday, July 10, 2017 Community Meeting for Lakeshore East Parcels I, J, K, L and Parcel O

July 14, 2017

 

Parcels I, J, K, and L located at 197-301 North Harbor Drive and 452-500 East Waterside Drive developed by Lendlease Development Inc. and Lakeshore East LLC

 

 

Parcel O located at 195 North Columbus Drive developed by Lakeshore East LLC

 

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New River North Development at 675 North Wells Street

March 17, 2017

 

 

 

LMC, a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation is developing a new luxury apartment building at 675 North Wells Street. Designed by Antunovich Associates, the Marlowe will include 176 apartments within a 15-story tower, and 11,000 square feet of retail activating the first floor. Additional amenities include a private rooftop deck with fitness center, yoga studio, club rooms, outdoor grilling, lounges and a rooftop pool.This is an as-of-right development, designed within the existing constraints of the DX-7 zoning criteria outlined in the zoning code.

 

The exterior of Marlowe will contain varied facades with undulations and setbacks that respond to the different functions and apartment unit-types on the interior of the building. The building will be designed with composite metal paneling and aluminum and glass operable/fixed windows. Terraces, glass railings and balconies will punctuate the facades.

 

For more information on this project, please click on the following link to download site and floor plans.

 

As part of Alderman Reilly's transparent community process, observations are welcome on this project. Please forward any comments for Alderman Reilly to consider to:

development@ward42chicago.com.

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2016 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

2015 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

2014 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

2013 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

2012 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

2011 Pending Development Proposals Archive Page

 

 

Ald. Reilly Rejects Symmetry's 60-Story Mixed-Use Proposal for River North

April 7, 2017

 

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

I am writing to provide an update regarding Symmetry's recent community presentation of their development proposed for Wabash & Superior. Based upon my review of their mixed-use proposal and its related traffic impacts on the immediately surrounding neighborhood, I have informed Symmetry that I will not support their Planned Development Application. As such, their current proposal, or slight variations thereof, will not move forward.

 

Our recent community presentation with the River North Residents Association (RNRA) was very well attended and several hundred participants had many opinions to share and questions to ask about the proposed uses, density, quality-of-life factors and traffic impacts. The meeting lasted several hours and every participant was given a chance to be heard.

 

Based on the significant negative feedback my office has received expressing concerns regarding potential traffic impacts and the multiple uses (and intensity of uses) proposed for the site, I took the time to re-read the Developer's traffic study, cover-to-cover.

 

Because all parking ingress & egress and all loading activities are proposed to be staged out of a public alley to the north of the development site, I personally visited the site on several different days to observe loading activities and traffic patterns occurring in the alley. Based on my personal observations, the proposed parking and loading scheme that would utilize the public alley simply will not work for this proposal.

 

We also registered numerous concerns related to existing traffic circulation (or lack thereof) in the immediate neighborhood. Having observed the (poor) functionality of Superior Street during the afternoon and evening hours - the vehicular traffic on that street is currently reduced to one lane, eastbound on a routine basis. It is fair to assume additional curbside activities like taxicabs; Uber, limousine service and party buses will spill over onto (virtually non-functioning) Superior Street and exacerbate an already-untenable condition.

 

The poor traffic conditions on Superior Street and conflicts with potential usage of the public alley for ingress/egress to the site are compounded by the congestion resulting from pick-ups in the western-most southbound traffic lane at the Frances Xavier Warde School on the west side of Wabash Avenue. This must be addressed regardless of a new development.

 

There are also valid concerns about the intensity of the multiple uses on the site. Symmetry's proposal would call for a 725-foot tall, 60-story tower containing 216 hotel keys, 120 timeshare units, 246 condominium units and roughly 30,000 square feet of retail at-grade. This combination of uses suggests heavy volumes of deliveries, curbside pick-up/drop-off, special event traffic and buses. It's simply too much for this block.

 

Because I will not support this Planned Development proposal or the additional FAR the Developer wishes to purchase through density bonus payments - I have encouraged Symmetry to consider other options for this site, including:

 

(1) Propose a Planned Development that does not seek to purchase additional FAR for development of the site and - rather than propose multiple, intense uses - strongly consider pursuing a single use, such as a residential project.

 

(2) Consider forgoing a Planned Development altogether and work to determine what could be developed under their existing development entitlements and zoning restrictions related to height, uses, etc.

 

I have informed Commissioner Reifman and the Department of Planning that this proposal will not be moving forward. We look forward to reviewing any future proposal with the Developer, so long as it is aligned with the suggestions outlined above. Once we receive any new proposal for this site, my office will promptly notify impacted neighbors and communicate next steps for our transparent community process.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Brendan Reilly

Vice Mayor of Chicago

Alderman, 42nd Ward

 

For more information about Symmetry's proposal,click on the following links to download the slideshow presentation from 3/13/17 community meeting, traffic study, as-of-right massing diagram, and meeting summary.

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Community Meeting Summary for Proposed Development at 12-22 West Erie Street

March 31, 2017

 

 

Earlier this week, Alderman Reilly and the River North Residents Association (RNRA) hosted a public presentation for a development proposal at 12-22 West Erie Street. The Alderman would like to thank everyone who participated in this open and transparent community review process.

 

Representatives of Neighborhood Development Corp. submitted their plans for a 15-story, 163-foot tall building containing approximately 3,000 SF of retail space on the ground floor for a proposed restaurant tenant, and a new hotel with 178 rooms.

 

If you were unable to attend the Tuesday, March 28 meeting, please click on the following link to download a copy of the slideshow presentation, traffic impact study and rendering of the back of the building.

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110 North Wacker Development Approved at Chicago Plan Commission

March 16, 2017

 

The Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) approved a new development at 110 North Wacker, situated along the east bank of the Chicago River between Randolph Street and Washington Street. The proposal was submitted by HH Wacker Acquisition Company, LLC (Howard Hughes Corporation, in collaboration with Riverside Investment & Development, Goettsch Partners and CBRE).

 

 

HH Wacker Acquisition Company, LLC will develop the site into a new 51-story, 1.35 million square foot office tower.

 

Working with the Alderman’s office, the development team has designed the 44,000 square-foot site so that it contains half an acre of publicly accessible open space, including a landscaped river-walk and an urban park. One of the defining features includes a generous 45-foot wide street-level river-walk path, serving as a new north-south connection for pedestrian access between Randolph Street and Washington Street.

 

 

The new sustainability-designed tower would achieve minimum LEED Silver status and be wrapped in a high-performance aluminum-and-glass curtain wall. The design showcases sweeping views facing north and south along the River, as well as the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Half of the site is allocated for public open space, and the tower itself features an abundance of modern amenities, including retail and dining, a conference center, fitness center and state-of-the-art building systems.The project includes 150 parking spaces below street level, all of which would be accessed from Lower Wacker Drive.

 

To learn more aboutthisproject, click on the following links to download the CPC Presentation and CPC Report with PD Exhibits and Statements.

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