The following is a reprint of the Alderman’s Newsletter of July 12, 2012
The developer has notified me that he has completed the next version of the proposed plan for the Children’s Memorial site. We are announcing a town hall meeting to give the developer the opportunity to show these plans to you.
CMH Community Development
Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, July 26
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
the DePaul Student Center, Rm 120
2250 N. Sheffield
I urge you to attend not only so that you can see the new plans for the site from the developer, but most importantly, so I can hear your input.
In addition to July 26th’s large community meeting, I am requiring that the developer hold a series of meetings with every community group.
In preparation for these meetings, let’s review what we’ve done thus far, and what will be happening next.
Back in September at the first large community meeting, we strove to understand the impact Children’s had on the neighborhood today to give us the foundation to compare it to the impact of any future proposal. Children’s Memorial Hospital reported to us:
- Over 1.5 million people were on the hospital property per year
- Over 12,500 trucks made deliveries to the hospital
- Over 1,300 cars parked in the garage at one time each day
- Children’s baseline traffic study estimated that Children’s alone was responsible for 30% of the traffic around the site
- Some of our local businesses, including popular neighborhood institutions, could lose between 7% and 50% of their business when the hospital leaves
Second, we discussed the site’s relationship to our neighborhood. To sum up that presentation:
- The site contains older buildings which are important to the community and contribute to the neighborhood’s distinctiveness
- The site is at the crossroads of the Lincoln Park Community, at the heart of a destination area for theater, music, and of course, DePaul University
- The site is directly adjacent to beautiful, low-rise residential neighborhoods and historic districts
Third, we discussed our goals for the site and our values. The HOK study, done three years ago, identified the following community priorities. The new development should:
- Respect the existing neighborhood
- Create a distinct mixed-use place, including housing for a variety of income levels
- Promote a multi-modal transportation network
- Support sustainable development
- Ensure continued community engagement
In December, 2011, the developer, McCaffery Interests, rolled out a conceptual plan for the site. I required the developer to hold a series of community meetings to discuss the tentative site plans and then revise those plans based on feedback.
The City Process
McCaffery Interests has told me that it intends to begin the city review process by filing an application for rezoning of the property on July 18, 2012. Residents within 250 feet of the site will receive a notice of this filing, as required by city ordinance. This filing does not in any way preclude changes to the plan. Indeed, the City has told me that, due to the complexity of the site, it will take several months to conduct its review. This is more than enough time, in my view, for our neighborhood to review the plan ourselves and have input.
Let Us Know What You Think – Attend the Community Meeting July 26
This plan must preserve what we value about Lincoln Park, while creating an exciting new crossroads for our community. I want to make sure that our review is thorough and considered, and at the same time, that we proceed in a structured manner so we get the job done.
My first commitment is to you. We will have as many meetings as necessary to get this right.
For more information, visit our website, which already archives presentations and videos from the September, 2011 and December, 2011 community meetings.