In the fall of 2014, former 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon, alongside the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), carried out a participatory planning process to discuss the development of the underutilized city-owned Emmett Street Parking lot. Affordable housing was the top priority identified by the community for the development of the lot.
Based upon the community input gathered in the fall of 2014, not-for-profit affordable housing developer Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Landon Bone Baker Architects worked with the Chicago Housing Authority, the City of Chicago, 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and Logan Square Preservation to craft a proposal for a 100% affordable mixed-use building with 100 apartment units and 4,500 square feet of retail space. For full details on the proposal click here.
In order for this proposal to move forward the Chicago City Council must approve a zoning change. Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is committed to community-driven zoning and development that ensures zoning and development changes are made in an inclusive, transparent, and democratic manner.
A community input meeting was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Avondale-Logandale Elementary (3212 W. George) from 6:30-8:00PM under Alderman Ramirez-Rosa's 35th Ward Community-Driven Zoning and Development process. At this meeting, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation presented information to 35th Ward residents on the zoning map amendment they seek. 35th Ward residents had the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the proposed zoning map amendment. The vast majority of attendees supported the proposal, with 77% of comment cards submitted immediately following the meeting in support of the project.
Written comments will also be accepted by the Alderman's office for a two week period following the public input meeting. That period ends on May 8, 2019. Written comments may be sent to Billy Drew, 35th Ward Policy Director, at billy[at]aldermancarlosrosa[dot]org thru May 8, 2019 or via the online feedback form: www.aldermancarlosrosa.org/emmett. All public comment will be made available online on the Alderman's website: www.aldermancarlosrosa.org/cdzd.
Alderman Ramirez-Rosa will use the input submitted at the meeting and during the public comment period to make a decision on the proposed zoning map amendment that the applicant seeks.