CMH Redevelopment plans to go before Plan Commission on February 20th

McCaffery Interests’ plans are on the next Plan Commission agenda!  We urge 43rd Ward residents to continue to show your support by writing Alderman Smith (click here to send a letter) and attending the public hearing in City  Council Chambers on February 20th to sign in as “in support” and/or testify.

In ongoing collaboration with Alderman Smith and the community, the following improvements have been made to the plans:

  • The project has been reduced from three tall buildings down to two.
  • The F.A.R. of the overall project has been reduced from 4.33 to 3.67 to 3.5.
  • The total square footage of the overall project has been reduced another 45,925 square feet.
  • Residential use on the west side of Lincoln Avenue has been replaced with a health club, resulting in a building that is 50’ lower and compatible with the heights of the other buildings on that side of the street.
  • The residential density of the project will be reduced by another 98 units, for a maximum of 540 units in rental units, 60 condominiums, 4 in Kohl’s house (604 total), plus 156 assisted living units (Down from 996 as originally proposed to 760).
  • Parking will not be reduced therefore the overall parking ratio of the project will be improved.
  • Loading issues will be reduced, and the lessened demand on the west side loading dock will result in fewer trucks seeking access to the project in general.
  • There will be no in-alley or on-street truck deliveries to the former Nellie Black building (except trash).
  • There will be no delivery trucks on Orchard or Burling.
  • A connection to the existing tunnel from Nellie Black to the new loading dock.
  • McCaffery’s leasing team will seek at least 20% local/regional retailers.
  • The total number of parking spaces has increased from 850 spaces to 1,044 total spaces (this reflects an additional 97 parking spaces being made available below grade at the condominium building as well as an additional 97 parking spaces being made available below grade at the senior housing building)
  • 35 spaces will be provided for usage by teachers and faculty of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, and on the weekends, these same 35 spots will be reserved for free usage by St. Paul’s Church to reduce pressure on neighboring streets
  • Car-sharing and electric vehicle charging stations will be available in the garage
  • Residential permit parking will be expanded on Orchard and Halsted to protect existing residents; tenants and owners at the development will be ineligible for residential parking permits or guest passes.

McCaffery Interests’ revised plan for the CMH site

Thanks to all who attended the public meeting on January 14, 2014!

We are pleased to share with you revised plans for the re-development of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital property in Lincoln Park. This dynamic mixed-use development will serve as a new gateway to the neighborhood and restore the economic vitality lost when he hospital moved downtown.

We presented our first proposal in July of 2012. This revised plan incorporates significant feedback from the Lincoln Park community over the past year, including:

  • Reduction in maximum height by 1/3 or 100 feet
  • Decreased residential and retail space
  • Reduction in FAR (Floor Area Ratio) from 4.33 to 3.67
  • More community-friendly courtyard and open spaces
  • Additional underground parking (in addition to the existing parking structure)
  • Integration of workforce housing, renovation of historic structures, and sustainable design

This development will contribute $3.5 billion in total economic impact, including more than 250 permanent jobs and $122 million in new city taxes.

Please view a video below that summarizes the plans.


Please view a video below that walks you through and around a proposed project.

Please click here to view our presentation from the public meeting on January 14, 2014.

Please click here to view a fact sheet comparing the July 2012 plan with the current proposal.

Please click here to download our flyer.

Please click here to view the Economic Impact Report.

Please click here to view the Traffic Study.

We’d LOVE to get your support! Please click here to send an electronic message to Alderman Michele Smith.

Public meeting rescheduled for January 14th

Alderman Smith announced that the Public Meeting on the Children’s Memorial Hospital Site Redevelopment will now be on January 14th at 6:30PM at the DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield. Please plan to attend.

Public meeting postponed to December 3rd

Alderman Smith announced that the Public Meeting originally scheduled for November 21st has been postponed to Tuesday, December 3rd. The meeting time of 6:30 and place (DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield) remain unchanged.

McCaffery Interests to present revised plans to the community on 11/21

Alderman Smith announced a Public Meeting to be held on November 21st at 6:30PM at the DePaul Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield).  Redevelopment plans have been held up since last year as a solution was found for the overcrowded Lincoln Elementary School.  With the issue resolved, McCaffery Interests is finally able to present revised plans to the Community.  We hope to see you out to hear about our exciting vision for the site and to gain your support.

A solution is found for the overcrowded Lincoln School

CPS, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Michele Smith, Principal Mark Armendariz and LSC member Nadia Riley, today announced an annex to solve the issues of overcrowding at the Lincoln School. McCaffery Interests extends our congratulations to everyone who worked together to find this solution. The expanded school will be a valued neighborhood amenity to all in Lincoln Park.

The Marathon is here!

Plan ahead so you don’t get stuck this weekend. The marathon winds through 19 neighborhoods over the 26 mile course and ~1.7 million people will turn out to cheer on the runners. It is an exciting event but one that requires a lot of coordination, cooperation and patience.

See Marathon Street Closures by clicking here.

Divvy Bikes are in Lincoln Park!

You have probably spied the fun new Divvy bikes around the City.  There are now stations in the area for your convenience at Halsted and Dickens, Larabee and Webster, and Sedgwick and Webster.  Rediscover the pleasure and freedom of riding a bike… and do something great for the environment!

OktoberFest Festival Returns to St. Pauls!

Saturday, September 21 (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
2335 N. Orchard, Chicago (Lincoln Park)

Prost! It’s Munich meets Chicago as St. Pauls hosts an Oktoberfest extravaganza in celebration of our German heritage. What better way to tap into the excitement of this Bavarian tradition than with an evening of authentic German food and beer, games for all ages, live music, dancing and a photo booth to capture the memories. Grab your lederhosen and join us for this festive evening of friends, food and fun! Admission is free. This event is open to the public and family friendly. We look forward to our neighbors joining in the festivities! In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the St. Paul gymnasium.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED! How do we pour 300 beers, serve 250 brats and run games for five hours? With the help of volunteers! Can we count on you to be one of them? Our valued volunteers will work 2 hour shifts and receive two free food/drink tickets, as well as enjoy the chance to meet new people, support St. Pauls’ neighborhood outreach efforts, and have fun!

Positions Available:
Set-up
Clean-up
Games
Beer and Wine Garten (must be 21+ years of age)
Food tent
Security (must be 21+ years of age)

To volunteer, contact Ann Carstensen at annmariebrinkman@yahoo.com. Thank you for volunteering!

Move for the Kids!

Move For The Kids 5K Run / Walk

Move for the Kids 5k Run/Walk is an inspirational fundraising event to benefit the patients and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. On May 19, 2013, participants will start and finish at historic Soldier Field and travel along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront path.

We hope you will join us for this family friendly, inspirational event and help spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues. There are several ways you can get involved.  See here for more information.

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