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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lincoln Park Hospital Public Meeting - Tuesday, November 30th!

Ald. Daley and the City of Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning are hosting a community meeting for the public to review and comment on the latest proposal for the redevelopment of the Lincoln Park Hospital property.

Tuesday, November 30th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lincoln Park High School
2001 N. Orchard
(North end of building - entrances closest to Oz Park)

In my last Newsletter, I detailed the proposed plan, how it has changed and the community view that commercial use is not appropriate at this location.

I am particularly concerned about retail development in the ward. If we cannot fill existing vacancies, I feel it is reasonable and prudent to at least question the creation of more retail space.

I believe the community process has been very effective in this instance, as is clear from the fact that the developers have come up with an amended plan based upon public input.

The neighbors most directly affected by this development, many of whom I heard from since our last newsletter, are overwhelmingly opposed to commercial development at this location. You can read more about the public response to this latest plan in the most recent Skyline newspaper.

Of the neighbors who have contacted me directly, here are some examples of their responses:
"Any commercial use at this site would add significantly to congestion and safety concerns"
"No, no, no to the large grocery store"
"We are congested enough"
"As it stands...this plan will do permanent damage to our beloved area"
"This planned development is inconsistent with the decades-old neighborhood planning that has made Lincoln Park a nationally celebrated neighborhood"
"I am not in favor of any plan that would include a large grocery or retail store at Lincoln and Webster"
"No commercial on Webster"

The original plan, still the only plan on file with the City, is based on a B3-2 zoning and would allow for much more commercial development - up to 75,000 square feet of commercial space.

Please come out and join with your neighbors on Tuesday, November 30th at Lincoln Park High School. Let your voices be heard.

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