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Old August 20th, 2009, 11:41 PM   #321
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Dixie Kitchen was great, sorry to see it go :/

I really want the Roundy's to happen. The south side really needs more grocery stores.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 10:57 PM   #322
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47th St. Co-Op space to house grocer
By KATE HAWLEY


Michael’s Fresh Markets, a small family-owned grocery chain, is planning to open a store at 1300 E. 47th St., the space formerly occupied by the Hyde Park Co-Op Market.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 07:27 PM   #323
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Harper Court redevelopment info

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Three finalists:
  • McCaffery/Interests/Taxman Corp Partnership
  • Mesa/Walsh Partnership
  • Vermilion Development/JFJ Development Partnership
  • The NW corner of 53rd and Lake Park Ave (Hollywood Video) will be replaced with a building comparable in size to the Hyde Park Bank Building across the street
  • Buildings to the north along Lake Park could reach a max height of 25 floors
  • 90000 to 150000 sf of retail (fitness centers, movie theaters, restaurants and live entertainment venues)
  • 150000 sf of office for the University
  • Boutique hotel with 150+ rooms
  • 200 unit condo/ apartment building
  • Undetermined amount of parking
  • New gathering space

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Old October 22nd, 2009, 03:04 PM   #324
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Will Pullman Park become Chicago's next neighborhood?
PULLMAN PARK |
Bank proposes full range of development on site of old steel plant -- if Council goes along

October 22, 2009

BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter/[email protected]

The ruins of a rusted steel plant in the middle of a food desert could bring a new neighborhood and economic revival to Chicago's struggling South Side. At least, that's the plan.

Park National Bank hopes to build Pullman Park -- complete with big-box retail stores, a full-service grocery, hotel tower, community recreation center, park, senior apartments and more than 1,200 homes -- on the former Ryerson Steel property between 103rd and 111th along the Bishop Ford Expy. near the historic Pullman district.

The bank's not-for-profit community development arm, Park Bank Initiatives, recently submitted a request to the City Council for zoning changes needed to start the ambitious plans for the 138-acre site, purchased last year for nearly $25 million.

The project would be built in phases at a pace determined by economic conditions, bank officials said. The immediate focus will be luring big-name retailers to a stretch of land fronting the Bishop Ford in the economically depressed and underserved part of town.

Smaller retail stores built with historic Pullman-esque facades -- creating an entranceway to the nearby historic district -- would follow on 111th Street. And, eventually, plans call for building town houses, row houses and single-family homes on wide lots with a 10-acre park and giant sports complex inside a former stainless steel processing building.

But first, the bank must cut a tax increment financing deal with Mayor Daley's administration and get the project approved by the City Council. The city planning commission could consider the plan next month and forward it to the City Council for approval in December.

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said he'll lead the push to get the project approved. It's the kind of project Chicago needs to embrace -- especially following the city's Olympic letdown, he said.

"This will bring revenue. ... The city has a $500 million deficit, and bringing these kind of retailers here can help bring the deficit down," he said. "This site is not only important to the ward. It has regional impact. We're talking about the largest development outside O'Hare expansion in the city. We're talking 3,000 to 4,000 jobs when it's all said and done. That's huge."

Beale said he hopes to get the development plan moved through the City Council by the end of the year and that construction could begin next summer. Park Bank Initiatives President David Doig stressed that the development proposal is a long-term plan that will take several years to move forward. "Don't expect to see us moving dirt tomorrow," he said.

Still, the bank already has hired Mid-America Real Estate Group -- retail specialists that brought a Target and Jewel to a new shopping center at 119th and Interstate 57 -- to stir up interest in the site.

"Our charge to them is to put out feelers from typical users. Target. Wal-Mart. We've talked to Meijer, a grocer out of Michigan," said Doig, a former Chicago Park District superintendent. "We're looking for general-merchandise and home-improvement big-box stores. Smaller clothing or soft goods. And a food and grocery component. We're not going to all this effort and not getting a grocery store. That's our No. 1 priority."

The lack of a big grocery store has been a major concern of locals who have to travel miles -- often to nearby suburbs -- to buy groceries and basic household items. That became clear to bank staff during more than 60 meetings with local groups and businesses in the last year.

Pullman Civic Organization President Drew Sexton said the bank's presentations gave residents a chance to express their concerns and make suggestions about the types of businesses they'd like to see.

"We're thrilled there may be shopping close to home," he said. "That will make it walkable for a lot of our senior residents to get over there."

The site plan provides an "organic" way for the new neighborhood to grow, said architectural and planning consultant Lee Bey, a former Mayor Daley aide who lives in Pullman.

"This is something unique in Chicago. It's fueled by the retail to the east, and the idea is to work to grow organically and economically," Bey said. "Retail is separate from the residential. People in homes won't have to feel like they're living in a [shopping area]. And if you're going to the big boxes, you don't have to feel like you're traipsing through a neighborhood to get there."

More than that, Pullman Park gives hope to people living in an often-forgotten part of town.

"The Pullman and Roseland area has been blighted for some time," said the Rev. Merlon Jackson, pastor of Christ Community Church on 103rd Street. "It's a great incentive for longtime residents to finally see something constructive in their area. And it's needed because it brings jobs. People looking to stay here who love the area won't have to venture far out of the community for employment."




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Old October 23rd, 2009, 03:07 AM   #325
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Ugh, I would prefer better pedestrian integration of the big box, but pullman is a neighborhood/area that has been long neglected enough that I'll take it.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #326
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Any development on the far southside is good period.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #327
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It depends on how far out. That far out (nearly 13 miles from the Loop) in area that needs a spark I would agree with.

Anything north of South Shore though and east of the Dan Ryan I would prefer implement more stringent standards as one can without discouraging needed development.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 06:07 PM   #328
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Sox Park spruce-up in the works
COMISKEYVILLE? Stores, restaurants could replace lots across 35th Street

October 31, 2009

BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters

The state agency that owns U.S. Cellular Field said Friday it's in the early stages of planning restaurants, stores and other attractions across from the ballpark on 35th Street.

The development could replace the parking lots on the site where the old Comiskey Park used to be. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority said the project could expand on recent renovations to the ballpark's Gate 5 entrance, with its atrium that leads to a walkway over 35th Street.

"It's all in the early stages of discussion," said Mike Alvarez, spokesman for the agency. "Economic conditions are dictating what will happen and when."

The ISFA owns the property, but anything it does with it would need agreement from the ballpark's tenant, the Chicago White Sox. Other Major League Baseball teams have profited by putting up stores and restaurants around their stadiums. The Chicago Cubs, now under new owners, also are examining that step for Wrigley Field.

"We are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience," said Lou Hernandez, spokesman for the White Sox. But he emphasized "there are no imminent plans or a timetable" for a Gate 5 development.

Hernandez also said the ISFA and the Sox would have to negotiate profit-sharing terms from any development.

Perri Irmer, chief executive of the ISFA, told WBBM-AM (780) that the agency wants to provide "a vibrant area" that fans and the community can visit all year................
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:13 PM   #329
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Old November 15th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #330
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Restaurants on the menu for Bronzeville site

The City of Chicago is one step closer to satisfying Bronzeville’s appetite for fresh produce, new restaurants and more than 100 new jobs. Thanks to steps taken today by the City’s Community Development Commission (CDC), Bronzeville could soon become home to the “Bronzeville Cooking.” This development will serve as a culinary incubator for four restaurants and one fresh produce provider. The two-phase development on the north side of 51st Street between Prairie and Calumet Avenues will occupy a 100-year old retail building, adjacent to the CTA Green Line 51st Street stop, and will also include office space to support the culinary venues and 16,000 square feet of parking.

“We are excited about this project, as it addresses two key issues in Bronzeville: the need for quality food and jobs,” said Acting Department of Community Development Commissioner Chris Raguso. “Bronzeville Cooking is a unique concept that fosters these new eateries and celebrates the culinary history of people of African descent, all conveniently located near a CTA Elevated Train stop.”

Urban Juncture, a Bronzeville-based corporation owned by Bernard Loyd, is the developer. Currently, the development’s plans include the following restaurants: Cecelia’s Southern Breakfast; Majani310 (a vegan restaurant); Bronzeville Fresh Produce; The Jerk Shack (specializing in Jamaican jerk chicken); and Bronzeville Smokehouse and Grill.

The plans include the sale of one City-owned parcel on Calumet Avenue for $10,000, in order to extend the parking area and TIF assistance in the amount of $3 million from the 47th/King Drive TIF. There will be a lump sum payment of $1 million and a note in an equal amount upon completion of Phase I. Upon completion of Phase II, a lump sum payment of $500,000 will be made with another note issued of equal amount at that time. The development will create more than 130 permanent full time jobs.
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Restaurants on the menu for Bronzeville siteThe two-phase development on the north side of 51st Street between Prairie and Calumet Avenues will occupy a 100-year old retail building, adjacent to the CTA Green Line 51st Street stop, and will also include office space to support the culinary venues and 16,000 square feet of parking.
Are the Green Line, King Drive bus, and King Drive bike lanes not enough transportation options to prevent a parking lot expansion?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #332
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Hired Truck giant ready to roll on Bridgeport homes

November 20, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter [email protected]
Former Hired Truck kingpin Michael Tadin is spreading his development wings in his native Bridgeport neighborhood, even as the housing boom there and elsewhere is going bust.

"There's nothing booming anywhere. I guess we know something nobody else knows," Tadin said Thursday.

River Bend Real Estate Investment LLC, a company Tadin co-owns with his son, has requested a zoning change to build 28 single-family homes with detached, two-car garages in the 2800 block of South Hillock. The riverfront industrial site once housed Holsum Bread.

It's not their first foray into residential development in Bridgeport, where Tadin and his friend Mayor Daley were born and raised.

In 2005, Tadin and his son built and sold town houses in the 500 block of West 33rd Street. The following year, they put up 39 more in the 3700 block of South Sangamon, a site that once housed the Wexler Meat factory. Only half of those town homes have sold.

Development in Bridgeport, birthplace of Chicago mayors past and present, was booming for years because of demand for housing close to downtown jobs. Old industrial buildings were converted to lofts. Developers scoured side streets for lots suitable for new homes.

That has slowed to a crawl during the prolonged recession that has dried up financing, shrunk the pool of home buyers and prompted a wave of foreclosures.

But Tadin Sr. remains bullish on Bridgeport.

"It's gonna take a long time to accomplish the next phase, but we've already made the investment. We've owned the land for two years, and we're willing to go forward," he said.

"It's not like we're gonna start great guns. We'll start slow, build so many at a time, and take a chance. If it doesn't turn around, every one of us is in trouble," he said.

Tadin is the perennial city trucking magnate whose $1.25 million loan to a security company co-owned by Ald. Patrick Huels (11th) forced the 1997 resignation of Daley's former City Council floor leader. Tadin's trucking company had received a $1.1 million city subsidy with Huels' help.

Tadin was the undisputed king of Chicago's Hired Truck program, emerging from the pack, even after City Hall accused the company of overbilling and agreed to spread the wealth to other firms.

The program was disbanded in 2005 after the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed how politically connected companies -- some with ties to organized crime, others masquerading as minority- and women-owned businesses -- were paid to do little or no work. The Hired Truck scandal resulted in dozens of indictments and convictions and branched out into city hiring.

Two months ago, a company owned by Michael Tadin Jr. was accused of stealing water from a city fire hydrant -- without a permit and without a device to prevent construction debris from contaminating Chicago's water system.

The younger Tadin called it all a "misunderstanding." He said he was a "sub to a subcontractor" on the street resurfacing project in the 2100 block of North Clybourn and he "thought it was the general contractor's responsibility to get these permits."
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No small plans
Developer seeking dramatic remake for Washington Park
By Kate Hawley


A new proposal has surfaced for the land just west of Washington Park, an area that has been the subject of much speculation and planning in recent months.

Developer New South Partners LLC wants to transform land bounded by 54th Street, 55th Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Prairie Avenue — which has long struggled from disinvestment and blight — into a dense cluster of office towers, big-box retail stores, residences and parking.
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^ A great project (too good for this neighborhood, in fact) that won't happen due to either a) the economy, or b) NIMBY'S!

After all, how dare they build all that density on the south side of Chicago! We're perfectly happy down here with all of our vacant lots, crime, murder, despair, oh and the parks! Lots of parks! Don't forget the litter and empty bottles, and the 16 year olds with guns!

Seriously, if the NIMBY's shoot this down I will laugh with pity.
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^ A great project (too good for this neighborhood, in fact) that won't happen due to either a) the economy, or b) NIMBY'S!

After all, how dare they build all that density on the south side of Chicago! We're perfectly happy down here with all of our vacant lots, crime, murder, despair, oh and the parks! Lots of parks! Don't forget the litter and empty bottles, and the 16 year olds with guns!

Seriously, if the NIMBY's shoot this down I will laugh with pity.
Really? I can't imagine anyone on that side of Washington Park wanting to shoot down the first piece of economic investment in their neighborhood in ages. The *only* thing I can potentially forsee is well-meaning but ultimately damaging Hyde Parkers/Kenwooders thinking that this will "gentrify" (with the negative connotation) the area.

EDIT: in all honesty, it does sound *way* too good to be true. Immediately I saw this, I wanted it to happen, but almost as immediately huge doubt set in. Well, UChicago has a lot of parcels west of Washington Park, so maybe they'll help make sure the project succeeds.
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There's an air of unalloyed unreality about this project.

The word that comes to mind is "vaporware."
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Bronzeville to get new six-story mixed-use building
December 4, 2009
Phase 2C of the Oakwood Shores development on south Cottage Grove Drive should break ground sometime early next year. If all goes as planned, the vacant lot at the 3700 block will become a six-story mixed-use building with two floors of commercial space.

“It will be mixed-income family housing, part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s plan for transforming Oakwood Shores,” said Lee Pratter, senior project manager for Community Builders, the project’s residential developer.

“It should be a typical urban community,” said Pratter, with units for singles, family units, and senior dwellings “We’re in the process of building a neighborhood, a new community,” said Joe Williams, chairman of Granite Development.

“We’re trying to do something transformative. This will be a mixed-income community. We have great schools, arts and recreation centers, great parks, churches, dental and medical centers, and retail. We’re also going to have a senior building.”

The commercial portion of Phase 2C will consist of 28,000 square feet on the development’s first two floors; the four stories above that will hold 48 mixed-income apartments consisting of public housing units, affordable units, and market rate units.

For the retail space, “We are looking at a number of different potential users,” Williams said. “Our brokerage firm is scouring the Midwest looking for companies with an interest in being in an urban area. We are considering a number of companies that provide medical services and want to give the entire market an opportunity to be a part of this great neighborhood. With the economy, we are looking at everything very closely. We hope to know something after the first of the year.”

The developers hope to break ground the second quarter of 2010, with occupancy “sometime in 2011,” Williams said. Fourth Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle is pleased the development will provide more affordable housing for families and that developers are looking for medical provider tenants.

“When we began the revitalization with Oakwood Shores, we took down a medical facility,” she recalled. “This will restore access to medical care to an area that previously had it.”

“There’s much more to making a neighborhood than just the brick and mortar of building the building,” said Williams.

For more information, call Monica Hernandez, broker for Granite Asset Management, at (312) 873-0226.
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Gateway rethinking

I had a lengthy conversation yesterday with someone I've known for years who's involved in this project and whose judgment I respect.

The Gateway principals apparently have site control of a substantial part of the project. The site's advantages are real: a major east-west traffic corridor, mass transit and expressway access, the park, shifting demographics, etc.

I'm revising my take on this from "vaporware" to "long shot" or "wild goose chase."
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