We’ve received several important questions regarding various elements of the CMH redevelopment process. Please see below for responses to these questions, and please contact us with any remaining questions you have.

Rodent Abatement

What is the plan for rodent abatement and control?
1.       A rodent control plan for the detection, inspection and treatment of rodents at the site has been developed, which includes provisions for abatement of the site by a licensed pest control company.
2.       Above-ground bait boxes will be deployed around the perimeter of the site continuously until all demolition and foundation work is complete.
3.       A written record of the plan and pest control measures will be monitored and maintained at the site.
4.      The pest control contractor used when the hospital vacated will continue to provide service.
5.       Rodents are attracted to areas where they can find food, water and shelter.  Access to food and water have been minimized or eliminated since the hospital closed.

 Measures beyond Community Agreement and Ordinance:
1.       Rodent control started March 21, 2016, 3-4 weeks in advance of demolition activities.
2.       Rodent burrows will be inspected and treated.
3.       Traps will be added where any infestation is acute.
4.       Proactive inspections will continue daily and traps and treatment will be continuously monitored. 

Dust and Environmental Abatement

Will trucks be covered as they depart the site, so as to prevent dust/debris from flying off of them as they drive away?
Yes.

How will the asbestos removal and dust be handled in regards to the demolition?
Asbestos abatement will be performed in each building prior to it being demolished. The abatement will be performed while the buildings are still enclosed so this work can be controlled. Separate containment areas will be set up around the areas to be abated. These containment areas will be completely cleaned after the abatement process and air sampling will be conducted by a third party. Containment areas will only be removed after the third-party air testing is completed and cleared. All asbestos-containing materials will be placed into sealed containers prior to being removed from the containment area. These sealed containers will be taken to an enclosed truck on-site and hauled to a licensed landfill. The asbestos-containing material will never be exposed to the on-site environment.                                                                                                            

How will all the water, used to keep the dust down, be treated and where will it go?
Water will be sprayed onto the portions of the building being demolished with large hoses. This water will dissipate into the ground.

Traffic

Consider coordinating truck traffic so as not to conflict with pick-up/drop-off times at St. Paul’s, St. Clement’s and Alcott.
We will look into implementing solutions during these hours.

Will the pick-up and drop-off  for the schools be the same?
Yes.

Will City utility truck work coordinate with DePaul and CMH redevelopment work hours?
City work cannot be coordinated by the developers.

How will truck traffic be controlled?  Will there be people directing traffic?
Trucks will access the site from entrances on Lincoln Avenue. A map with the required truck routes can be found in the demolition presentation on this website. Contractor construction flaggers will be put in place to direct and coordinate traffic as-needed.

Change traffic light sequence?
Traffic light signals will be coordinated.

Parking

Will the contractors be required to use the parking garage and how will it be enforced?
All contracted workers will be required to park in the parking garage. This requirement is reflected in their contact.

How will we handle permit street parking when spaces are not available during the demolition process?
We will develop a plan with help of Alderman Smith to properly identify the areas and assist those affected to find alternate spaces. 

How will the changes to the public parking garage be communicated?
We will post the parking garage program on the project website and also send an email to the neighborhood organization presidents.

Loading Dock

What areas does the dock serve?
All buildings within the triangle plus senior housing will use the underground loading dock.

What is the industry standard?
The dock will be designed to conform with industry standards, but in terms of traffic there is no industry standard for this condition. Every instance is unique.

Demolition

How loud is the reprocessor?
The reprocessor is approximately as loud as cars passing by.