New changes to the proposal of the former Edgewater Medical Center site have gained some support from members of the neighborhood who were concerned with how the new development would proceed.
New renderings for the development released last week showed a reduction in apartments from the originally proposed 213 units down to 141. This includes 9 studio apartments, 100 one-bedrooms and 32 two-bedroom units. Twenty-nine of the 141 units would be set aside for affordable housing.
Lisa Hand, president of the West Edgewater Area Residents association, noted that the new renderings were “well-received so far by residents living near the site at 5700 N. Ashland Ave.,” reports DNA Info Chicago.
MCZ Development, the developer who is in the midst of finalizing the purchase of the former site of the Edgewater Medical Center, recently applied for $10.7 million in tax increment financing money for the project.
MCZ, who already owns and demolished the parking garage of the former site, intends to build luxury homes on that portion of the land.
Instead of demolishing the existing structures and building from the ground up where the medical center stood, MCZ wants to adaptively re-use the buildings.
According to Alderman Pat O’Connor of the 40th Ward, MCZ is planning to close on the land by September and have the buildings ready to move into by March of 2018 reports DNA Info Chicago.
An issue that is still a concern for residents of Edgewater is the parking spaces planned for the apartment development. The recently released proposal of the site includes 141 parking spaces, which matches the number of units. However, this may be too sparse considering some residents may have more than one vehicle in addition to the lack of guest parking.
“The developer is doing the bare minimum of parking,” Hand said.
Another issue concerning residents is ensuring proper environmental safety procedures are utilized throughout any demolition and construction of the apartment buildings
However, Hand noted that the planned addition of park space at the rear of the building was an aspect of the plan that gained support.
Stay tuned for the latest news on this North Side development as it arrives.