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Added Dec 15 2012

December 12, 2012. I received a letter in the mail requesting an application for a change in zoning from Business-Residential-Transportation Planned Development 641 District to Business-Residential-Transportation Planned Development 641 District, as amended on behalf of Cave Enterprises Operations, LLC, Inc. for the property located at 7513-7523 North Clark Street.

The applicant intends to use the subject property to allow for the construction of a one-story restaurant with a drive-thru facility.

Does anyone know what this is all about? A few years ago I had heard that a Burger King might be going in. What about the failed Burger King at Howard and Oakley?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    You're late to the party, WillZ. Read this thread--and come to the hearing in January:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec13-7513-7523-n-clark-street-5593451/

  • No idea...sounds like we need to check with Joe Moore. We don't need another fast food joint around here! Thanks for the alert

  • Barbara in Ravenswood Ravenswood resident since 1984.

    Joe Moore answers the question in the thread Helen linked in her post above. (Yes, the proposal is for a Burger King.)

  • Michael Luckenbach 36 year resident of Rogers Park-North of Howard

    Michael Luckenbach shared a link.
    41 minutes ago

    .Is this what awaits the 7500 block of N. Clark Street with a Burger King drive-thru?

    Chevanston Rogers Park: Drive thru traffic spilling onto major roads. Dunkin Donuts is a national an

    chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com

  • Thanks Helen. I got the letter last week. I wanted to post then but did not have a chance until last night. While I'm not happy that the space is going to be a BK, I'm glad it won't be another shoe store.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Here's what I wrote in response to a post on the same topic elsewhere on EveryBlock:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec13-7513-7523-n-clark-street-5593451/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

    Burger King would like to locate a restaurant and drive-thru on the vacant piece of land that sits just south of the HopHaus/Ethiopian Diamond II building in the Gateway Center. Because it would require eliminating a few parking spaces in the center, the proposal needed Dominick's to sign off on it, which they did after some lengthy negotiations.

    The proposal also requires two amendments to the Planned Development agreement, which governs uses within the shopping center and the Bank of America building across the street. The first amendment would eliminate the prohibition on drive-thru restaurants in the center and the second would adjust the parking requirement. The amendments to the Planned Development must be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council.

    I plan on hosting a community meeting on this proposal some time in January. Let me know if you any other questions.

  • Kathleen J In R.P. Since 1981

    Just was up at Gateway Center and proposed site for B.K. Looked at the spot and must say, it doesn't seem such a horrible idea to me. Would provide taxes and jobs. Yes, other chains would be better, but they aren't interested, apparently!

  • Tanya

    Thank you for responding, Joe. When you know the date/time of the community meeting, I would appreciate it if your office would post it here.

    I share the concerns of the other members regarding the addition of another fast food restaurant to the area, but the proximity of the restaurant to my residence is also a concern for me. My building is located right next to the Hop Haus (a great neighborhood restaurant and a great neighbor), and I have windows all along the south side of the building. I'm somewhat worried that I will have to deal with the noise from the building's construction initially, and then the noise and traffic from a drive-through, potentially one that operates late into the night.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Tanya, the best way to get information about upcoming community meetings, news and events is to subscribe to my electronic newsletter. You can do so easily by visiting my web site at www.ward49.com and signing up at the top of my home page.

  • We hear t hat Pillars on Sheridan might close. That would be a tragedy. Bob Kassal has sacrificed so much in order to create such a responsible and beautiful place. A small business, owned by a long-time neighborhood resident. The tax benefit from Pillars Cafe goes right into our community. Fast food places? Feed the greedy corporations and serve junk...meat rendered from animals that have been injected with hormones, antibiotics and who knows what terrible conditions their short lives have endured. No more fast food places! Let's support our local restaurants!

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Here's my announcement on the upcoming community meeting regarding th Burger King proposal:

    http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/140654_322.htm

  • A very sad commentary on the state of American affairs. Another 'fast-food' joint - which we surely do NOT need. Further, the methods of food production supported -especially the meat aspect of these places- are appalling and massively polluting of our at-risk water supply. Isn't it a shame, that we don't have a manufacturing facility in that property site instead! No to another Burger King, or any other fast-food establishment in our area. Enough. The Pillars Cafe is hardly making it, and may go 'under'- a fine endeavor by a devoted community member; fully LEED certified building renovation. And Mr. Moore, you would even consider Burger King coming to your ward? Shameful, to say the least. Reconsider this please. Find another investor. Something that would be of genuine benefit to the community at large.

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