Today, CPS has officially sold Graeme Stewart School at 4525 N. Kenmore to Morningside USA. Their bid was the highest of a total of 4 bids and their plans complemented Metropolitan Planning Commission's report based on community feedback. Click
to view a copy of that document.
This development will be in 3 different phases, with the first phase focused on the rehab of the school itself into 50 residential units. Second and third phases will rely on zoning changes that will require further community feedback from residents and the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee. The architectural firm
Pappageorge Haymes Partners
is doing this project.
You will see some immediate changes to the property. For liability reasons, Morningside USA will f
ence the entire perimeter of the property, close the parking lot just north of the property, and remove
the existing playground equipment. Morningside has donated this equipment to
Kids Around The World
for reuse because neither the Chicago Park District nor CPS are able to take the equipment once it has been removed.
This particular area is going through a lot of construction with the Wilson L and two other transit-oriented developments within a few blocks of one another, which can be very inconvenient. However, I am hopeful that the lasting benefits to our community will far outweigh the temporary inconveniences. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions about this or any projects in our ward.