Friday, September 13, 2013

Rally Against the Lakefront Car Tower

PRESS RELEASE (September 13th, 2013)
Rally Against the Lakefront Car Tower

7331 N. Sheridan Road (current state)

On Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., Rogers Park residents will march and rally against a proposed parking garage planned for construction at the corner of Sheridan Road and Sherwin Avenue. Organized by a group of neighbors concerned about the negative impact of the project on pedestrian safety, noise, pollution and the residential character of the area, the march will start at Loyola Park at Touhy and proceed up Sheridan Road past the mansion at 7331 N. Sheridan Road, currently occupied by the Shambhala Meditation Center.  

Colonel J. N. Pritzker, through Tawani Development Corporation, purchased the property and plans to demolish the historic structure.  The four-story parking garage required a zoning change and, despite receiving over 400 petition signatures opposing the change, Alderman Joe Moore recently approved the project.  

On September 20th, 2013, the issue will come before the Zoning Board of Appeals, which will consider, among other criteria, whether the proposal is compatible with the character of the surrounding area in terms of site planning, building scale and project design; will not have a significant adverse impact on the general welfare of the neighborhood; and is designed to promote pedestrian safety and comfort.

Rogers Park residents have a history of fiercely protecting their lakefront, its beaches and the architectural integrity of Sheridan Road, resisting any attempts to extend Lake Shore Drive through unsightly landfills or creating a high-rise canyon down Sheridan Road similar to what was foisted upon the Edgewater community immediately to the South. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park has retained a low-rise, residential character because of those efforts over the past 50 years. This parking garage proposal is yet another attempt to change Sheridan Road and threaten its low-rise, residential character.



WHEN:   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2013, 1:00 P.M.

Bill Morton
Bill Morton Promotions

Po Box 268292
Chicago IL 60626-8292

"Getting your name known, your voice heard, and your message understood."



Anonymous said...

This neighborhood desperately needs additional parking. Also, a 4 story structure can hardly be considered a "tower".

Anonymous said...

Here's the content from the zoning board:
348-13-Z Zoning District: B1-5 Ward: 49
RP Solutions, LLC
same as applicant
Premises Affected:
7313-33 North Sheridan Road
Application for a variation to reduce the rear yard setback from 2.7’ to 1’ and reduce the northwest side yard setback from 5.58’ to 1’ on a reverse corner lot
for a proposed four-story, five-level, 250 space non-accessory, non-required
parking garage.
Point: for a -one- foot- allowance, isn't there an impracticality for access & use in case of fire or (emergency) access from/by the adjoining properties? (worthy question)
-In addition to the obvious aesthetic priority of -our- neighborhood!..
Here's the Zoning Board link, if it serves (us) any additional leverage: