City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

March 17, 2016 the Chicago Plan Commission is hearing the proposal for 111 South Peoria Street at 10am.  Show up and let your voice be heard!

111 South Peoria
Giant Monstrosity

 

CITY OF CHICAGO

CITY OF CHICAGO

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT 

BUREAU OF ZONING AND LAND USE 

APPLICATION FOR ZONING BONUS REVIEW

 

WORKSHEET: FAR BONUS CALCULATION

 

Property Address:____110-19 S. Peoria/110-20 S. Green _____________________________

Zoning District:____DX-5_____________

 

ON-SITE BONUSES

 

  Amenity

Amenity area 

(in sq.ft.)

Lot area

(in sq.ft.)

Premium 

Factor

Base FAR

FAR Bonus 

calculated

 

FAR

Bonus Cap

 Formula:

A

B

C

D

(A/B) * C * D

 

compare with

Affordable Housing – 

On-Site

 

 

4

(1)

 

 

1.00   (-5)

1.75   (-7)

2.50 (-10)

3.60 (-12)

4.80 (-16)

Public Plaza and Pocket Park

 

 

1

 

 

 

6

Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

1

 

 

 

_

 

Winter Garden

 

 

1

 

 

 

3

Through-Block Connection (Indoor)

 

 

0.66

 

 

 

_

Through-Block Connection

(Outdoor)

 

 

1

 

 

 

_

Sidewalk Widening

 

 

2

 

 

 

_

 

Arcade

 

 

1.25

 

 

 

2

Water Feature

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

1

Upper-Level Setbacks

(-7 & -10 Districts)

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

1

Upper-Level Setbacks

(-12 & -16 Districts)

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

25% of D

Lower-Level Planting Terrace

 

 

1

 

 

 

_

Green Roofs

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

2

Underground Parking

(Levels -1 & -2)

 

 

0.15

 

 

 

30% of D

Underground Parking

(Level -3 or lower)

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

30% of D

Underground Loading

 

 

0.15

 

 

 

30% of D

Parking Concealed by  Occupiable Space

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

25% of D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total FAR Bonus

On-Site Improvements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. May. 2014 Page 1 of 2

 

 

OFF-SITE BONUSES

 

Calculation of Financial Contribution

Formula: Cash contribution for 1 sq.ft. of FAR bonus 0.8 x median cost of  1 sq. ft. of buildable floor area

Amenity

Bonused Square Feet Desired

Discount Factor

median cost of         1 sqft. of buildable floor area (in $):  See City Survey of Land Cost

Base FAR

Financial Contribution

Formula:

A

B

C

D

E=A*B*C

Off-Site Park or Riverwalk

 

0.8

 

 

 

Street Lighting and Landscaping

 

0.8

 

 

 

Transit Station Improvements

 

0.8

 

 

 

Pedwav Improvements

 

0.8

 

 

 

Adopt-A-Landmark

 

0.8

 

 

 

Affordable Housing 

27,740.72

0.8

$29.00

5.00

$643,584.70

Education

 

0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparison to FAR Bonus Cap

Amenity

Total Bonused Square Feet Desired

Lot Area

(in sq. ft.)

Base FAR

FAR Bonus

 calculated 

FAR Bonus Cap:

 

Formula:

F

G

H

I = (F/G) * H

Compare with

Off-Site Park or Riverwalk

 

 

 

 

20% of H

Street Lighting and Landscaping

 

 

 

 

20% of H

Transit Station Improvements

 

 

 

 

20% of H

Pedwav Improvements

 

 

 

 

20% of H

Adopt-A-Landmark

 

 

 

 

20% of H

Affordable Housing 

27,740.72

27,740.72

 

5.00

1.0

20% of H (-5)

25% of H (-7, -10)

30% of H (-12, -16)

Education

 

 

 

 

25% of H (-10)

30% of H (-12. -16)

If FAR Bonus calculated exceeds FAR Bonus Cap, the effective FAR Bonus for Off-Site Improvements is equal to the FAR Bonus Cap

 

Summary

 

Base FAR

5.000

FAR Bonus for On-Site Improvements

  

FAR Bonus for Off-Site Improvements

1.000

Total FAR

6.000

 

 

Total Financial Contribution

$643,584.70

 

Maximum Floor Area with Base FAR

138,703.60 sf

Floor Area with FAR Bonus On-Site Improvements

           0.00 sf

Floor Area with FAR Bonus Off-Site Improvements

  27,740.72 sf 

Total Maximum Floor Area

166,444.32 sf   

 

 

Signature of Applicant                   Date          Received by (Dept. of Planning & Dev.)        Date

Rev. May 2014 Page 2 of 2

 

115 feet – 11 story

LG Development has proposed to the Chicago Plan commission a building that is 11 storys tall which does not fit into the west loop neighborhood.

Giant Monstrosity
North Side of 111 South Peoria street

Show up to the Chicago Plan commissions meeting on March 17th 2016 10am  121 North LaSalle Street Chicago IL 60602

111 South Peoria Street Chicago
Stand up and Be Heard March 17, at 10am

Plan of Development for March 17 2016 Plan Commission

111 South Peoria street has been scheduled for review by the Chicago Plan Commission on March 17th 2016 at 10am.  Below is the amendment to change 111 South Peoria’s Zoning ordinance.

 

111 South Peoria Street Chicago
Stand up and Be Heard March 17, at 10am

CITY OF CHICAGO

APPLICATION FOR AN AMENDMENT TO
THE CHICAGO ZONING ORDINANCE

1. ADDRESS of the property Applicant is seeking to rezone:

111-19 South Peoria Street/110-20 South Green Street _______

2. Ward Number that property is located in: 27th

3. APPLICANT LG Development Group, LLC_ _____

ADDRESS 2234 W. North Ave

CITY Chicago STATE IL ZIP CODE 60647
PHONE 312-327-3350 CONTACT PERSON Michael Ezgur

4. Is the Applicant the owner of the property? YES X NO
If the Applicant is not the owner of the property, please provide the following information regarding the owner and attach written authorization from the owner allowing the applicant to proceed.

OWNER __

ADDRESS

CITY STATE ZIP CODE

PHONE CONTACT PERSON

5. If the Applicant/Owner of the property has obtained a lawyer as their representative for the rezoning, please provide the following information:

ATTORNEY Michael Ezgur

ADDRESS 1030 W. Chicago Ave. CITY Chicago

CITY Chicago STATE IL ZIP CODE 60642

PHONE 312-327-3350 FAX 312-327-3315
6. If the applicant is a legal entity (Corporation, LLC, Partnership, etc.) please provide the names of all owners as disclosed on the Economic Disclosure Statements.

Brian Goldberg, Marc Lifshin, Barry Howard

7. On what date did the owner acquire legal title to the subject property?

8. Has the present owner previously rezoned this property? If Yes, when?

No

9. Present Zoning District: DS-3 . Proposed Zoning District: DX-5 then to PD

10. Lot Size in square feet (or dimensions): 27,740.72 s.f.

11. Current Use of the property: Surface parking lot

12. Reason for rezoning the property: Redevelopment of the Property

13. Describe the proposed use of the property after the rezoning. Indicate the number of dwelling units; number of parking spaces; approximate square footage of any commercial space; and height of the proposed building. (BE SPECIFIC): Development of a nine story plus penthouse, 115 feet tall, residential building, consisting of 79 residential dwelling units, 94 parking spaces and one loading berth.

14. On May 14th, 2007, the Chicago City Council passed the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) that requires on-site affordable housing units or a financial contribution if residential housing projects receive a zoning change under certain circumstances. Based on the lot size of the project in question and the proposed zoning classification, is this project subject to the Affordable Requirements Ordinance? (See Fact Sheet for more information)

YES X NO

ORDINANCE

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO:

SECTION 1. That the Chicago Zoning Ordinance be amended by changing all the current DS-3 Downtown Service District symbols and indications as shown on Map No. 2-G in the area bounded by:

a line 100.00 feet south of West Monroe Street; South Green Street; a line 219.39 south of West Monroe Street as measured along the west line of South Green Street; a line 126.00 feet west of South Green Street; a line 200.74 feet south of West Monroe Street as measured along the east line of South Peoria Street; and South Peoria Street

to those of a DX-5 Downtown Mixed-Use District which is hereby established in the area described above.

SECTION 2. That the Chicago Zoning Ordinance be amended by changing all the current DX-5 Downtown Mixed-Use District symbols and indications as shown on Map No. 2-G in the area bounded by:

a line 100.00 feet south of West Monroe Street; South Green Street; a line 219.39 south of West Monroe Street as measured along the west line of South Green Street; a line 126.00 feet west of South Green Street; a line 200.74 feet south of West Monroe Street as measured along the east line of South Peoria Street; and South Peoria Street
to those of a Residential Planned Development which is hereby established in the area described above.

SECTION 3. This Ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after its passage and due publication.

Property Address: 111-19 South Peoria Street/110-20 South Green Street
RESIDENTIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT STATEMENTS

1. The area delineated herein as Planned Development Number _____, (“Planned Development”) consists of approximately 27,740.72 square feet of property which is depicted on the attached Planned Development Boundary and Property Line Map (“Property”) and is owned or controlled by the Applicant, LG Development Group, LLC.

2. The requirements, obligations and conditions contained within this Planned Development shall be binding upon the Applicant, its successors and assigns and, if different than the Applicant, the legal title holders and any ground lessors. All rights granted hereunder to the Applicant shall inure to the benefit of the Applicant’s successors and assigns and, if different than the Applicant, the legal titleholder and any ground lessors. Furthermore, pursuant to the requirements of Section 17-8-0400 of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, the Property, at the time of application for amendments, modifications or changes (administrative, legislative or otherwise) to this Planned Development are made, shall be under single ownership or designated control. Single designated control is defined in Section 17-8-0400 of the Zoning Ordinance.
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3. All applicable official reviews, approvals or permits are required to be obtained by the Applicant or its successors, assignees or grantees. Any dedication or vacation of streets or alleys or grants of easements or any adjustment of the right-of-way shall require a separate submittal to the Department of Transportation on behalf of the Applicant or its successors, assign or grantees. Any requests for grants of privilege, or any items encroaching on the public way, shall be in compliance with the Plans.

Ingress or egress shall be pursuant to the Plans and may be subject to the review and approval of the Departments of Planning and Development and Transportation. Closure of all or any public street or alley during demolition or construction shall be subject to the review and approval of the Department of Transportation.

All work proposed in the public way must be designed and constructed in accordance with the Department of Transportation Construction Standards for Work in the Public Way and in compliance with the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. Prior to the issuance of any Part II approval, the submitted plans must be approved by the Department of Transportation

4. This Plan of Development consists of sixteen (16) Statements: a Bulk Regulations Table; an Existing Land-Use Map; an Existing Zoning Map; a Planned Development Boundary and Property Line Map; a Site/Landscape Plan; a Green Roof Plan and Building Elevations submitted herein. Full-sized copies of the Site Plan, Landscape Plan and Building Elevations are on file with the Department of Planning and Development. In any instance where a provision of this Planned Development conflicts with the Chicago Building Code, the Building Code shall control. This Planned Development conforms to the intent and purpose of the Zoning Ordinance, and all requirements thereto, and satisfies the established criteria for approval as a Planned Development. In case of a conflict between the terms of this Planned Development Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance, this Planned Development Ordinance shall control.

5. The following uses are permitted in the area delineated herein as a Residential Planned Development: Residential Dwelling Units; Wireless Communications Facilities; and accessory uses.

6. On-Premise signs and temporary signs, such as construction and marketing signs, shall be permitted within the Planned Development, subject to the review and approval of the Department of Planning and Development. Off-Premise signs are prohibited within the boundary of the Planned Development.

7. For purposes of height measurement, the definitions in the Zoning Ordinance shall apply. The height of any building shall also be subject to height limitations, if any, established by the Federal Aviation Administration.

8. The maximum permitted Floor Area Ratio (“FAR”) for the site shall be in accordance with the attached Bulk Regulations Table. For the purposes of FAR calculations and measurements, the definitions in the Zoning Ordinance shall apply. The permitted Floor Area Ratio identified in the Bulk Regulations Table has been determined using a Net Site Area of 27,740.72 square feet and a base FAR of 5.0 plus an Affordable Housing Bonus of 1.0 for a total FAR of 6.0.

9. The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that the rezoning of the Property from DX-16 for this Planned Development triggers the requirements of Section 2-45-110 of the Municipal Code (the “Affordable Housing Ordinance” or “AHO”). Any developer of a “residential housing project” within the meaning of the Affordable Housing Ordinance (“Residential Project”) must: (i) develop affordable housing units as part of the Residential Project; (ii) pay a fee in lieu of the development of affordable housing units; or (iii) any combination of (i) and (ii). The Applicant further acknowledges and agrees that this Planned Development is subject to Section 17-4-1004-D of the Zoning Code, which also requires on-site affordable housing or payment of a fee in lieu of providing affordable housing for rezonings in DC, DX and DR districts that increase the base floor area ratio. If a planned development is subject to the requirements of both sections (2-45-110 and 17-4-1004-D), the developer may elect to satisfy the AHO requirements by complying with the affordable housing floor area bonus provided for in Section 17-4-1004. Applicant has elected to comply with Section 17-4-1004. Pursuant to Section 17-4-1004-B of the Zoning Ordinance, the Applicant has requested an increase in the floor area ratio for the Property, as set forth in the bonus worksheet required under Section 17-4-1003-D and attached hereto as Exhibit A (“Bonus Worksheet”). In accordance with the formulas set forth in Section 17-4-1004-C and the Bonus Worksheet, the Applicant acknowledges and agrees that it must provide a cash payment in lieu of providing affordable housing in the amount of $643,584.70 (“Cash Payment”), or $8,146.64 per unit (“Pro Rata Amount”). Prior to the issuance of any building permits for the Eligible Building, including, without limitation, excavation or foundation permits, the Applicant must make the required Cash Payment. The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that, pursuant to Section 17-4-1003-D3, the Bonus Worksheet will serve as an official record of bonuses and amenities. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 17-4-1003-E, the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Economic Development may enforce remedies for breach of the provisions of this Statement 9, and enter into settlement agreements with respect to any such breach, subject to the approval of the Corporation Counsel, without amending the Planned Development.

10. Upon review and determination, “Part II Review”, pursuant to Section 17-13-0610 of the Zoning Ordinance, a Part II Review Fee shall be assessed by the Department of Housing and Economic Development. The fee, as determined by staff at the time, is final and binding on the Applicant and must be paid to the Department of Revenue prior to the issuance of any Part II approval.

11. The Site and Landscape Plans shall be in substantial conformance with the Landscape Ordinance and any other corresponding regulations and guidelines. Final landscape plan review and approval will be by the Department of Planning and Development. Any interim reviews associated with site plan review or Part II reviews, are conditional until final Part II approval.

12. The Applicant shall comply with Rules and Regulations for the Maintenance of Stockpiles promulgated by the Commissioners of the Departments of Streets and Sanitation, Environment and Buildings, under Section 13-32-125 of the Municipal Code, or any other provision of that Code.

13. The terms and conditions of development under this Planned Development ordinance may be modified administratively, pursuant to section 17-13-0611-A of the Zoning Ordinance by the Zoning Administrator upon the application for such a modification by the Applicant, its successors and assigns and, if different than the Applicant, the legal title holders and any ground lessors.

14. The Applicant acknowledges that it is in the public interest to design, construct and maintain the project in a manner which promotes, enables and maximizes universal access throughout the Property. Plans for all buildings and improvements on the Property shall be reviewed and approved by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to access for persons with disabilities and to promote the highest standard of accessibility.

15. The Applicant acknowledges that it is in the public interest to design, construct, renovate and maintain all buildings in a manner that provides healthier indoor environments, reduces operating costs and conserves energy and natural resources. The applicant has agreed to provide a 50% green roof over the net roof area and achieve Energy Star Certification to comply with the City of Chicago’s Sustainable Matrix.

16. This Planned Development shall be governed by Section 17-13-0612 of the Zoning Ordinance. Should this Planned Development ordinance lapse, the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development shall initiate a Zoning Map Amendment to rezone the property to a DX-5 Downtown Mixed-Use District.
RESIDENTIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
BULK REGULATIONS AND DATA TABLE
GROSS SITE AREA = Net Site Area + Area remaining in the public right-of-way

35,005.01 sq. ft. (0.80 acres) = 27,740.72 (0.64 acres) + 7,264.29 sq. ft. (0.17 acres)

FAR: 6.00
SETBACKS FROM PROPERTY LINE: Per Site Plan and Elevations

MAXIMUM PERCENTAGE OF SITE COVERAGE: Per Site Plan
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS: 79

MINIMUM NUMBER OF ACCESSORY OFF-STREET PARKING: 94
MINIMUM NUMBER OF OFF-STREET LOADING: One berth
MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT: 115 feet

LG Changes proposal passed by Burnett to Chicago Plan Commission

LG Development has proved, once again, that they do not have the resident’s of the West Loop best interests in mind when they submitted a plan for 111 South Peoria Street that over 500 residents rejected last year.  So many people showed up to strike down the proposal that Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. stopped the meeting and made the developer go back to the drawing board.  They still came back with a plan that is way too large for the space and does not take into consideration the community.

111 South Peoria Street Chicago
Given to the Commission

 

For reasons unknown Alderman Burnett allowed the plan to go through to the Chicago Plan Commission.  Now LG Development did a switch at the last minute to send the plans for the previous monstrosity to the commission.

111 South Peoria
Giant Monstrosity

 

It is obvious what LG Development is trying to do.  They are playing politics with the space in the West Loop.  They hope residents get upset at the “Giant Monstrosity” and they will think their other plan, that some people have claimed is the “Worst Development in the West Loop” will get passed.

Unfortunately, LG Development doesn’t understand the residents of the West Loop will not be taken down that path.  LG definitely has other wonderful plans in the city.  Why are they trying so hard to ensure this plan is developed when the whole community is against it?

Stand up and show up to the Chicago Plan Commission in the City Council Chambers 2nd Floor of City Hall.  121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602 on Thursday, March 17th 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to say NO to 111 South Peoria!

111 South Peoria Street Chicago
Stand up and Be Heard March 17, at 10am

Dear WCA Members

Dear WCA Member,

All WCA members are receiving this same notification prompted by the decision of West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) to write to Alderman Burnett formally withdrawing its support for the rezoning of 111 South Peoria Street.

DNAInfo has a comprehensive article here.

We request you ask WCA to also withdraw its support for the proposed rezoning. We all can agree that WLCO’s concern about LG’s unwillingness to follow through with its promises, there are many other issues we would like to outline.

WCA approves developments through a Board and Development Committee with a number of members who are non-residents or real estate professionals. For example, Mike Ezgur who is a lawyer representing LG lives in the north suburbs, and yet he is a member of both the Development Committee and the Board. As a delegate agency paid by the city and part of the official zoning review process, we believe WCA improperly refused to allow opponents to the project equal time to present their many concerns to the WCA Board and its Development Committee, especially in light of the Board’s many potential conflicts. As a WCA member, we urge that you demand better of your leadership.

The community has completely and overwhelmingly rejected this building twice. WCA is the only community group to publicly support this project in writing. WLCO has formally renounced its support. Although often ridiculing local residents who oppose a building, the Architecture Blog accurately reported the residents’ August 3rd opposition to the building that Alderman Burnett ultimately supported based on WCA’s endorsement:

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2015/08/11/unimpressed-with-changes-west-loopers-still-vehemently-opposed-to-111-south-peoria/

WCA members are the only ones who can reach their board and ensure proper care is taken to protect their neighbors and community as a whole :

  • Leo Cox, a fire safety expert and former Battalion Commander with 34 years’ of experience in the Chicago Fire Department has stated (in writing) the design of the proposed development at 111 S. Peoria would pose a fire safety hazard to residents of Monroe Manor and to firefighters. The most recent proposed design that the residents of Monroe Manor have been able to review exposed a potentially life threatening danger. We don’t know whether WCA, as a delegate agency, has any liability for future harm that may result from its support for the building with this possible safety risk, particularly in light of its Board’s refusal to consider the facts offered by the neighbors of the proposed building. We do know that IF the City Council approves the rezoning based on one man’s decision under Chicago’s unique zoning process of “Aldermanic Privilege,” at the very least WCA’s official support for the rezoning is likely to embroil it in any future litigation over whether the neighbors received due process of law.

  • Over 1,110 signatures from community members have been obtained in opposition to this proposal.

  • The proposal was rejected during two community meetings (on June 3rd and August 10th) were attended by over 500 people.

    • This type of community participation is unprecedented and highlights the broad community opposition.

  • The building will permanently diminish Mary Bartelme Park and its construction will place children at the playground directly across from the building at risk. WCA refused to even consider a privately-funded, public community center as an alternative to the proposed building.

    • The building will permanently eliminate 120 public parking spaces harming the Park, Merit School of Music and merchants in the surrounding area.

  • The developer’s lawyer asserted that the neighbors to the proposed building have NO right to air and light, which is inconsistent with the explicit purposes of the zoning laws!

We ask that you stand with West Loop residents by doing the following today:

Your response as a West Loop business owner matters to your community. We hope that you will publicly stand with West Loop residents (your customers) and remind the WCA Board that the residents and businesses of the West Loop have common interests they should work together to promote.

You can learn the facts, see the proposed community center and follow the opposition to 111 South Peoria Street.

Thank you for your consideration.

The Neighbors Of 111 S. Peoria

WLCO Pulls Support for 111 S. Peoria Development

West Loop fire hazard
111 S. Peoria a fire hazard

WEST LOOP — An influential neighborhood group has pulled its support for a controversial condo development planned near Mary Bartelme Park in the West Loop.

In a change of course, the West Loop Community Organization has informed the area’s alderman that it is no longer supporting the nine-story plus penthouse building at 111 S. Peoria St.

LG Development is seeking a zoning change that would allow the firm to build the tower, which would include 95 condominiums on a site that now houses a parking lot.

Both the West Central Association and West Loop Community Organization supported the project. But late last month, WLCO issued a new letter saying that the group could not support the project.

When LG Development presented an updated plan to the community in August, the facade of the building had been significantly redesigned without input from WLCO’s development committee, Agostinelli said. The group’s board requested a meeting with the developer, and on Sept. 1, the developer agreed to make a series of changes to the plan and submit new renderings to WLCO that reflected those changes, according to Agostinelli.

Despite the agreement, the developer submitted an unchanged plan to the city’s Plan Commission on Sept. 24, Agostinelli said.

“Therefore WLCO is unable to recommend the project at 111 S. Peoria,” she wrote to Burnett. “It’s unfortunate that we aren’t able to recommend the project at this time because of their lack of response to us.”

The West Loop Residents Association and others opposed to the project have hired an attorney to fight the project.

Alternative community center plan

In an effort to offer an alternative to the developer’s plan, a group of neighbors pitched a two-story community center to the alderman in August, contending that the center would be a better fit for the neighborhood.

Burnett ultimately said he could not consider the plan because the group had not contacted the property’s owner. Cacciatore, president of the group that currently owns the 111 S. Peoria site, confirmed in a letter that neighbors pushing the community center plan had not reached out to him.

The community center plan, developed by the West Loop Residents Association and other neighbors, would be privately financed through fundraising. Neighbor Richard Dees said he secured a $2 million commitment to the project that would be used to purchase the property.

Alderman Walter Burnett reminded neighbors that he doesn’t make decisions on new development based on how it will affect other residents’ existing views. No one has “a right” to a view, he said.

“I can tell when there’s a lot of B.S. going on and people are really talking about views,” Alderman Walter Burnett said.

As of August, LG Development did not own the Peoria lot, but did have a contract with the property’s owner Peter Cacciatore to buy the property for $6.25 million. The sale is contingent on a zoning change that would allow for their condo proposal to be developed at the site, according to partner Brian Goldberg.

Read the full story here

Why a Community Center in the West Loop?

West Loop Community Center
Support a Community Center in the West Loop

Why a Community Center should be built at 111 South Peoria.

The West Loop is blessed with extraordinary public institutions that could partner with the community center on programming. For example, Merit School of Music will be seriously harmed by the lost parking which the community center could mitigate. In turn the community center could provide space for Merit to offer musical programs to physically and mentally challenged children, which is not currently offered due to lack of space.

We envision the community center having a special, but not exclusive, interest in providing programming for such special children.

  • The proposed building is to have 95 luxury condominiums likely buying out of affordable housing.  On the other hand, the community center would be open to the entire public and available to persons of all incomes. The West loop needs a policy of inclusion, no exclusion.  The West Loop also should ensure that young families can continue to stay and grow here. LG’s luxury condominiums do not advance that goal.

The community center would have a driveway to allow for the safe drop off of children. With its traffic flowing west to east so that children coming and going from the Park would be protected.  The proposed building would have a two way drive with near zero visibility exiting across from the Park.

The community center would be only a two story building and have a driveway, meaning the construction is likely to have only a minor impact on the Park.  By contrast, the proposed building’s construction will last months and spill out into the street for much of that time.  The double parking, construction traffic and noise will endanger the peace and safety during that entire time.  Because the developer has not yet released the results of the phase II environment studies, the possible ecological damage is unknown.  Significant remediation was required before the park was built.

Who will protect the residents who use the Park?

West Loop Condo Building Plan Unsafe in Case of Fire

West Loop fire hazard111 S. Peoria a fire hazard

WEST LOOP — A developer’s latest proposal for a site near Mary Bartelme Park in the West Loop is shorter and less dense, but neighbors believe the plan may put them in danger.

Leo Cox, a retired battalion chief who served 34 years with the Chicago Fire Department, said the new building’s design would prevent a ladder truck from easily reaching Monroe Manor balconies.

We will get to you eventually, it will just make it a lot more difficult.” Cox said.

The building is simply too big for the Peoria site, said Ken Scales, president of Monroe Manor’s condo board. About 43 residential units and 10 retail spaces are located in the Monroe Manor building.

More than 200 residents attended Monday night’s community meeting at Merit School of Music as Wicker Park-based LG Development pitched their latest plan for 111 S. Peoria St. — a nine-story plus penthouse building that would see 95 condominium units available for purchase developed on site. The site now houses a parking lot. 

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Community center proposal highlight of Peoria St. meeting

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In a meeting organized by the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO), community members packed the Merit School of Music recently to protest a planned condominium building at 111 S. Peoria St. Some suggested a community center for the site.

“I almost feel like I should be praying,” said Burnett, at the beginning of the meeting, referring to the community opposition at previous meetings on the topic. It was that opposition at a meeting in June that caused Burnett to withdraw support from a proposal to build rental apartments on the property.

Some audience members told Burnett they would prefer a field house for Mary Bartelme Park, which is across the street, to a new highrise. “I would put a field house in Skinner Park first,” said Burnett.

A group called West Loop Residents Association started a petition for the community center on GoPetition.com; more than 360 people have signed. The group also set up a Facebook page for the community center.

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Hundreds Slam West Loop Development

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WEST LOOP — Showing strong opposition to a planned 13-story apartment tower, West

Loop neighbors had a simple message for Ald. Walter Burnett Jr.: “Just say no.”

Waving signs and chanting, more than 300 residents packed an auditorium at Merit School of Music Wednesday night to fight LG Development’s controversial plan to develop a 13-story apartment building at 111 S. Peoria St. The site near Mary Bartelme Park now houses a parking lot.

“Ald. Burnett, the only thing we want you to do is just say ‘no,'” resident Sam Tenenbaum said at the meeting.

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