Department of Planning & Development Dec. 28, 2017
City leaders get first look at Bronzeville's Parade of Homes
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Pat Dowell and Commissioner David Reifman toured the "parade" of five model homes on the 4500 block of South Prairie Avenue in mid-December. In the coming months, the program will be expanded onto more than 40 lots on adjacent blocks, with developers paying half the appraised value for City-owned land. The homes are sized from 3,200 to 4,000 square feet and sale prices range from $450,000 to $589,000. The developers include R&D Builders, Greenline Parade of Homes, Urban Equities, Wade Enterprises & Associates, and Click Development.

$11 million rehab preserves 97 units of affordable housing for North Mayfair seniors

Ald. Margaret Laurino, Commissioner Reifman and community leaders celebrated the completion of an $11.2 million rehabilitation of Mayfair Commons at 4444 W. Lawrence Ave. earlier this month. Built in 1996, the 97-unit senior apartment building leveraged a variety of City loans, bonds and tax credits that will preserve affordability for the next 30 years.
Optimo unveils new Beverly production facility for its downtown haberdashery

Optimo Hats debuted its new factory this month in the former Engine #121 fire house at 1700 W. 95th St., which DPD sold in 2013 through an RFP process. Optimo's unique hats have been featured in films such as "J. Edgar" and "Road to Perdition."
Tax incentives enable five South Side industrial warehouse projects

Collectively valued at more than $60 million, the projects will be supported through the Class 6(b) incentive under plans approved by City Council this month. They include:

  • Conor Commercial Real Estate LLC, 3507 W. 51st St. (pictured)
  • Marvel Group, Inc., 3843 W. 43rd St.
  • Bridgford Foods Corp., 1415 W. 44th St.
  • Kehoe Designs, 2555 S. Leavitt St.
  • Pullman Huron Investments Inc., 1321 W. 119th St.
Global green building competition includes Chicago sites in East Garfield Park, McKinley Park

C40’s Reinventing Cities Initiative is an unprecedented global competition intended to foster carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration projects. The Chicago sites include two six-story historic buildings plus a vacant lot and garage on West Pershing Road, as well as two sets of vacant lots at Kedzie and 5th avenues.

New zoning designation enables more mixed-uses in Fulton Market

Approved by City Council this fall, the new Manufacturing (M) designation replaces a Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) designation east of Ogden Avenue within the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. The 63-acre change was recommended in DPD's "Fulton Market Innovation District" plan.

DPD kicks off federal review process for proposed changes to Jackson Park, Obama library site

At a community meeting on Dec. 1, DPD informed the public about the environmental and cultural review processes required by federal law for proposed changes to the roadways and historic lakefront park. Coordinated with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the "Section 106" process will continue in 2018 in conjunction with a Planned Development review process for the Barack Obama Presidential Center.

Last call for River Edge Ideas Lab

Jan. 8 will be the final day to visit the River Edge Ideas Lab at 72 E. Randolph St. The traveling exhibit will be on display until the same day on the first floor of City Hall. Please check for future updates on the traveling and permanent exhibit locations.

DPD employees give back for the holiday season

More than 150 DPD employees took part in the City's "Chicago Gives" campaign by donating holiday gifts to four families in need. The presents were purchased, wrapped and delivered by DPD staff late last week.
Commission on Chicago Landmarks  Approvals
Post Office landmark designation moves to City Council
The Commission formally recommended landmark status this month for the Old Main Post Office at 433 W. Van Buren St. If approved by City Council, the designation would protect the building's exterior elevations and newly restored lobby. The 2.5-million square-foot structure is undergoing a $600 million renovation by 601W Companies.

Property tax incentive authorized in Fulton-Randolph District
The Commission gave its final certification to a $9.4 million renovation of 312 N. Carpenter St. in the Fulton-Randolph Market District. Intended to foster the rehabilitation of designated landmarks, the Class L property tax incentive is worth $3.4 million over the next 12 years.
Community Development Commission  Approvals
TIF district advances in North Mayfair
The proposed Foster/Edens Tax Increment Financing district was unanimously approved by CDC this month. If approved by City Council, the district would help redevelop former manufacturing land on Foster Avenue for new retail uses and finance much-needed improvements to Gompers Park.
Chicago Plan Commission Approvals
4400 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
A $36.6 million plan by Brinshore Development and the Michaels Organization would create 158 residential units in six buildings on vacant land owned by the Chicago Housing Authority. Fifty-nine of the 84 units in the first phase would be reserved for public housing residents and tenants earning up to 60 percent AMI.
1040 W. Huron St.
Tandem Partners' plan for River West calls for a 23-story tower along Milwaukee Avenue. Under the terms of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance Pilot Program, 45 of the units will be available for rent at affordable rates. The project will also include a $1.64 million payment into the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system, a portion of which will finance a new public park at Milwaukee Avenue and Erie Street.
1754 N. Clark St.
Giordano Dance's new studio in a former church across from Lincoln Park was reviewed and approved for its location within the Lakefront Protection District.
2416 S. Archer Ave.
The International Union of Operating Engineers' plan to redevelop an underutilized warehouse will expand Local 399's training campus along the South Branch of the Chicago River.
Development Looking Back at 2017
Chicago saw its diversifying economy grow throughout 2017, with rising employment and home values for the city as a whole. Corporations continue to relocate to Chicago as the city cements its reputation as a tech center. And DPD's established community growth programs continued to create a more equitable Chicago.

Major accomplishments include: the first grants awarded under the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund , the adoption of the North Branch Framework , and the implementation of the M/WBE executive order , which requires Chicago's largest construction projects to make a concerted effort to hire minority- and women-owned businesses and local workers.
The Small Business Improvement Fund helped 129 businesses make building improvements in 2017. With an average grant of $51,783, the program created or retained more than 2,000 jobs.
$2.8 million
DPD used approximately $2.8 million in Open Space Impact Fees to finance 10 projects in 2017, including two new parks, four park expansions, three new gardens, and a new turf field.
The $2.9 billion in Planned Developments approved in 2017 are expected to create approximately 22,000 permanent and temporary jobs.
DPD Commissions and Boards Meeting Agendas & Minutes