Gold Coast Jewel Receives Unanimous Approval 
from Chicago Plan Commission

Thank you to everyone who attended the Chicago Plan Commission meeting!

With overwhelming support from the community, the Commission unanimously approved the Jewel-Osco redevelopment project at Clark and Division.  The approval comes after two years and more than 25 community meetings with local residents, business owners, community groups, home owners' associations and elected officials to reach consensus on a redeveloped Jewel-Osco. The project now moves to the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards with the full endorsement of the Plan Commission and the required consents from two townhome associations.
During the Plan Commission meeting a number of local residents expressed their full support for the project's benefits.  
"This project will bring a much needed new full-service grocery store to the neighborhood, will beautify local streets with more than $1 million in neighborhood enhancements, and will positively transform the area, which has continued to experience problems with crime and illicit activity," said Michael Perlstein, who serves as the chairman of the Gold Coast Neighbors Association's zoning committee, which voted unanimously earlier this year to endorse the project.  
Paula Borg, Esq., a member of the Sutton Place Homeowners Association's special committee on zoning, attested to the robust community engagement throughout the process. "The developer presented plans and had Q&A sessions with the community at-large as well as the Sutton Place Association homeowners several times. I am happy to report that the developers have incorporated every single one of our requests."
"After showing sensitivity to neighborhood needs, we believe that this new grocery store and luxury apartment building will make a positive change in the Gold Coast," stated Carl Chaleff, the immediate past board president of the Beekman Place Homeowners Association, in a written statement to the Plan Commission.
The flagship Jewel-Osco will be an anchor in the neighborhood and the new luxury rental apartment building at the northeast corner of LaSalle and Division will bring safety and security improvements, along with an improved streetscape, to Division Street and beyond.
The City Council meeting date/time will be provided once available.
Updated Redevelopment Proposal
Jewel-Osco and Fifield Companies have been working with local residents, community groups, home owners' associations, and 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti to revise the proposal for the redevelopment of the Jewel-Osco at Clark and Division. The development team made significant changes to the proposal that include additional vehicular access from the garage to Division St., reduced height of the luxury apartment building, and continued commitment to neighborhood improvements.

Reduced Height and Density

Original Proposal
  • 42-story apartment building anchored at LaSalle and Division
  • 477 units

Revised Proposal

  • 35-story apartment building (reduced by five stories)
  • 390 units

Improved Vehicular Access
Original Proposal
  • One access point to/from the garage on Clark St.
  • One entry lane and two exit lanes
  • One additional car movement to/from Clark St. per minute

Revised Proposal
  • Two access points to/from the garage on Clark St. and Division St.
  • Division St. access has one exit lane
  • Clark St. access has one entry lane and one exit lane
  • Store size decreased approximately 2,000 square feet and layout modified to accommodate additional exit to Division St.
  • One additional car movement to/from Division St. or Clark St. every two minutes
  • Consideration of funds for signal and traffic flow improvements on Division St. at Clark and LaSalle
  • Updated Jewel-Osco delivery truck policy to mitigate disturbances and double parking

Neighborhood Improvements
  • More than $1 million in neighborhood improvements along Division and Clark Streets
  • New landscaping and wrought-iron-style planters
  • Addition of historically fashioned street lamps with hanging planter baskets
  • Pedestrian safety and crosswalk enhancements
  • 24-7 security personnel and surveillance cameras to deter criminal activity

Neighborhood Survey Results
  • Multi-mode survey: Automated phone survey, direct mail, and online versions
  • 1,006 responses total; 10 percent response rate; 74 percent in favor of the project
  • 81 percent of respondents reported they would feel safer at Clark and Division with the Jewel-Osco redevelopment in place
The redevelopment of Clark and Division will bring many benefits to the Gold Coast community - a new flagship Jewel-Osco grocery store, improved streetscape and lighting, as well as luxury rental apartments. In addition, the project will revitalize and beautify the immediate area and contribute to a safe, inviting atmosphere.

Jewel-Osco and Fifield Companies have met and shared the preliminary proposal with community groups and residents in the immediate area. A zoning application has been filed with the city of Chicago for an in-depth review. The filing of this application triggers the expanded and comprehensive public process, which includes additional community meetings and opportunities for input. Information about upcoming meetings and additional news will be regularly posted on this website.

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The proposed project is a cooperative venture of Jewel-Osco and Fifield Companies.