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.