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Old March 18th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #21
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Old July 1st, 2007, 07:11 PM   #22
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Senior, family housing planned
Complex will have 123 units in Pilsen

By Jeanette Almada
Special to the Tribune
Published July 1, 2007

A Pilsen non-profit developer will build a complex with 123 units of housing for seniors and families.

The Resurrection Project, a non-profit community group that has worked in Pilsen for more than a decade, will develop the project on 1.69 acres at 2013-2019 S. Morgan St. The vacant site is surrounded by residential, commercial and industrial properties.

The developer has owned the site since April 2006, according to its rezoning application. The Plan Commission approved the project June 21. City Council approval is needed.

The complex will consist of two buildings, said Fred Dieters, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development project manager who spoke to the commissioners.

A five-story, L-shaped seniors building, Casa Maravilla, to go up on the west end of the site will have 75 apartments and a ground-level community center. A sidewalk outside the building's Morgan Street entrance will link residents to the Alivio Health Clinic at 966 W. 21st St., Dieters told commissioners.

The seven-story apartment building for families, Casa Morelos, will occupy the east end of the site and have 48 units.

A green space will separate the buildings.

"This project fills the need for housing for seniors ... and will be helpful in allaying fears about gentrification in the neighborhood," Ald. Danny Solis (25th) told commissioners.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 07:34 PM   #23
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Emmanuel Presbyterian--lost!

That marvelous little Edward Dart church (Emmanuel Presbyterian) on Racine was demolished over the weekend.

Nice picture here:

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http://flickr.com/photos/metroblossom/444429813/

Demo pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensees...lpresbyterian/
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Old August 7th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #24
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Small projects like this are the heart & soul of Chicago - sorry to see it go.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 07:18 PM   #25
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No doubt somebody who's never been on that block is going to come along and tell us that this is progress. The new construction in that part of Pilsen is some of the most offensively bad I've seen in the city, and there are plenty of new units that have been sitting on the market for a long time.

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http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?S...60&TM=24011.25
Pilsen residents fight for community garden
Plants torn up for parking lot


Pilsen residents have been planting flowers, mowing the grass and cleaning the garden located at the corner of Canalport and Union for more than 12 years. Now that area, which was owned by the city, has been sold to a private developer and is going to be turned into a 60-car parking lot.

Cuahutemoc Morfin, a recent aldermanic candidate, who has lived in Pilsen for the past 26 years and helped take care of the garden, said the sale came with no warning, even though the residents have told 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis they would purchase it if it were ever sold. Alderman Solis could not be reached for comment.

"The community has been utilizing and beautifying the space because green spaces are rare in Pilsen," Morfin said.

The space was purchased by developer John Podmajersky III, a large contributor to Solis' campaign, who also built a condo building nearby the garden. The garden is one of few green spaces in the area. The parking will be used by residents of his building.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #26
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:57 AM   #27
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Laugh it up. Nobody I've talked to in Pilsen is laughing.

This is the kind of thing that only a Chicagoan would accept.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:53 AM   #28
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This is the kind of thing that only a Chicagoan would accept.
The sale of private property? Or are the Pilsners upset because the city didn't ask for sealed bids to see if it could get more money for the parcel?
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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:59 AM   #29
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Old August 10th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #30
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Churches can't be landmarked (without owner consent) while they're being used as churches, but since this no longer was being used for religious services, Landmarks Illinois was trying their best. They couldn't get anywhere with the alderman. Emmanuel Presbyterian was too new to be in the Historic Resources Survey, so there couldn't be an automatic demolition stay.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 08:37 AM   #31
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The lot was owned by the city. The residents had been lobbying to turn it into an official park (one of those "pocket parks" that are so popular now, I suppose). They had been lobbying Solis too, and he ignored them. Pilsen is one of the most critically park-poor neighborhoods in the city--officially it's right after Logan Square, I believe. Have you seen the kids waiting in line for the swingsets at the parks that do exist? Or the privately held but publicly available community gardens that dot the neighborhood because there aren't enough of the real thing?

But even if the sale was entirely legal--I'm sure it was, nobody is taking legal action--why shouldn't the neighborhood be upset? There was an opportunity for using the space for something other than a parking lot; now it will be a parking lot.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #33
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That frickin sucks. This Solis must be a real prick, as well as this John Podmajersky the III.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #34
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Well, here's the eulogy:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/featur...i_tab01_layout

Good news, bad news

Modern structures fall outside city safeguards

By Blair Kamin | Tribune architecture critic
August 10, 2007

...Last week, officials from the city's Department of Planning and Development called to announce that they would support a city subsidy of several million dollars to a developer who plans to restore the extraordinary ornamental ironwork at the base of the old Carson Pirie Scott & Co. State Street store designed by the late, great architect Louis Sullivan.

That was the good news.

As the officials were waxing about Sullivan's century-old ironwork, wrecking crews were tearing into a little-noticed modernist gem in Pilsen: the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at 1850 S. Racine Ave., designed by the late architect Edward Dart, whose firm's credits include Water Tower Place. The 42-year-old church graced its neighborhood with an angled brick exterior that captured the morning light and flung it across the church's worship space, creating a spiritual haven amid its hard-edged neighborhood.

Now it's gone, and who knows what will replace it. The building's owner, Patrick Heneghan of the Heneghan Wrecking Co. of Chicago, did not return a call.

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Unbelievable.

Did anyone request a demo delay? Was Preservation Chicago aware of this?

Dart churches should all be landmarked.
As suggested by Mr. Downtown, this building was not eligible for any Demolition Delay. The 90 day Demolition Delay is reserved for buildings rated "orange" or "red" on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey. The delay is up to 90 days (though the city often releases the "hold" on the permit within a few weeks if they consider the prospects of preservation to be nil).

Also, as mentioned, the City has a clause in the Landmarks Ordinance that allows churches to refuse landmarking. Preservationists have been working for years to get Aldermen and the Office of the Mayor to remove that clause, since it gives religious groups a power that is not given to all groups. The religious groups can then avoid landmarking. They can then demolish their buildngs or sell them for demolition, both of which are to the detriment of the public's well-being.

Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois appealed for preservation of the this great little church in Pilsen to no avail.
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Oops, sorry about making a confusing statement--I neglected to quote the post I was responding to. Yeah, the city owned the empty lot/garden/soon-parking lot, not the church.

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Welcome to the West Side of Chicago. Did you think you were on Sesame Street?

Its REAL simple: People who accept money and/or favors from the alderman and then turn around and run or support a candidate running against him will probably not be receive many more favors from the alderman if the alderman wins.
I'm perfectly aware of where I am and how it works. That doesn't surprise me. What never ceases to amaze me, though, is how many Chicagoans not only accept but actually celebrate this state of affairs. Believe it or not, there are cities in this country where living on the same block as somebody who runs in a local election does not doom you to vindictive attacks from your elected representative. The fact that so many people in this city, including some on this board, seem to think this makes Chicago "unique" or "traditional" or "real" or some crap like that--that is what is depressing to me. I know Chicago's not alone in this, and poor neighborhoods everywhere are especially taken advantage of, but the "this is just who we are" thing is something I don't hear a lot of elsewhere.
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