Controversial Jefferson Park Storage Facility Approved By Plan Commission
March 18, 2017 - storage organizer
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CITY HALL — A argumentative devise to build a storage room in a heart of Jefferson Park scored a unanimous blessing of a Chicago Plan Commission Thursday, environment a theatre for construction to start as shortly as a zoning change passes a City Council after this month.
The room would be built on a same skill as a due seven-story mixed-income unit complex, whose developer, Full Circle Communities, won’t be means to start building until a possess apart devise is brought before a elect after on.
Under a devise authorized on Thursday, LSC Development LLC would explode a building now hire during 5150 N. Northwest Hwy., a former home of a FSP food placement center. In a place would mount a five-story, 68-foot masonry building with offices on a initial floor.
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The City Council is approaching to allege a zoning change this month that would lay a grounds for both a room and a apartments.
Before their opinion Thursday, plan commissioners spent some-more than dual hours listening to pleas from dozens of Jefferson Park residents, many of whom pronounced a 68-foot structure would retard their backyard views and spoil a neighborhood’s parochial feel.
One neighbor, Victoria Aviles, presented a printed duplicate of a petition opposite a apartments proposal, that had some-more than 3,000 signatures. Like a horde of other speakers, Aviles invoked a city-commissioned study of a Gladstone Park Corridor published progressing this year that called on a city to “allow new buildings adult to 4 stories” along Milwaukee Avenue between Foster Avenue and Albion Avenue.
“We’ve all concluded to keep buildings underneath 4 stories, and we don’t wish to set a fashion for obscenely vast developments to be brought into a quiet, low-density neighborhood,” Aviles told a commission. “I wish you’ll cruise all of these neighbors who don’t wish 70-foot buildings in a ward.”
But city planners, including Bennet Haller, who authored a Gladstone Park study, wrote in a minute to village groups that a designed developments “would not be out of impression with a study,” generally given a investigate also records that “a mixed-use growth with residential might be appropriate” within walking stretch of a Jefferson Park Transit Center.
And on Thursday, Department of Planning and Development administrator Noah Szafraniec pronounced a room is not out of scale with a surrounding area and shouldn’t have many impact on trade in a area.
Other opponents of a room rehashed a circuitous and radical trail to approval, citing a authorised allotment opening adult a city to a intensity lawsuit if officials don’t green-light a proposal.
In Apr 2016, a developer scored a assent to reconstruct a existent building and modify it into a storage warehouse, though Arena altered a zoning before construction could start. LSC Development sued a city in June, alleging Arena’s “unreasonable neglect” caused a association “substantial financial damage.”
Arena shielded a authorised allotment during Thursday’s hearing, observant a pierce was “strategic, in sequence to safeguard that there would … be plenty time to counsel a village and work with developers on a devise that would surprise a changing inlet of a surrounding uses.”
But Robert Bank, a boss of a Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, pronounced a pierce amounted to a defilement of a public’s trust.
“If we had a identical conditions with a grill adult for approval, we wouldn’t be sitting here observant they don’t have to belong to a health formula since of a understanding that was worked out,” Bank said. “Zoning is deliberate, and it’s there for a reason. It shouldn’t usually be given divided since of an alderman’s bullying.”
While speakers were asked not to discuss a adjoining unit complex, a devise for a new homes hung thick over a meeting, carrying been a many common aim of neighbor’s defamation in open meetings and on amicable media.
The two-hour open criticism duration was of sold seductiveness to Cathleen O’Brien, an organizer with a incapacity rights organisation Access Living, who spoke in preference of a proposal.
“I know what it means to take honour in a village we live in, though what confuses me is because people who caring about their village are advocating to keep blight,” O’Brien said. “And a usually reason we can consider is that this has zero to do with a storage facility.”