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This letter to the editor was published in th...

This letter to the editor was published in the Sunday Sun-times from our community groups. Predicted daytime population of 50,000 should mandate that a large public park be included in the plans. The North Branch Park Preserve should be one of the benefits of the Lincoln Yards development. Come to the community meeting on June 27th, 6:00 p.m. at DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Room 314 Taxpayers, community shut out of plan for Sterling Bay venture along North Branch Chicago Sun-Times17 Jun 2018 Sterling Bay’s 70- plus- acre venture on the North Branch of the Chicago River will transform the entire North Side of the city, swelling the daytime population by at least 50,000 occupants — the equivalent size of a new city ward. As if already a done deal, news reports show a year- round, 20,000- seat stadium, a five- venue Live Nation “Disneyland” on the riverbank along with renderings of a sprawling mixed- use development. However, the developer has yet to come to the community with any plans. Ald. Brian Hopkins states there is no done deal. Mayor Emanuel says he is “looking forward to the ... community- driven process,” claiming there is an appetite for the mega project. But taxpayers have been clamoring to be heard on the most important development in our backyard in a century. We represent community organizations encompassing 200,000 residents on both sides of the river. For over 50 years, our volunteer groups have fought to ensure residents have a seat at the development table. Historically we have. Until now. Last year, the city Department of Planning and Development held public meetings about how to transform the former North Branch Industrial area. Residents repeatedly questioned vague guidelines that left more questions than answers while leaving fundamental planning issues such as infrastructure improvements and public park space in the exclusive hands of developers. The city ignored public sentiment. The community needs to see the plans, be given the time to regroup to review how Sterling Bay and the city might address our concerns and be allowed to voice community consensus in a public forum. Communities routinely have multiple public meetings on projects far, far smaller than Lincoln Yards. This represents a huge break from tradition. Residents are concerned about increased traffic congestion, the “Disneyland,” carnivalesque entertainment districts being reported in press releases, inadequate public park space, insufficient public transportation and potential local school overcrowding. We want to preserve the quality of life that keeps us in the city, and we believe taxpayers have a right to seek benefits from a $ 10 billion project in exchange for increased density. Instead of Sterling Bay’s slogan “Where Chicago Connects,” this development could become “Where Chicago Collides.” This is the moment for good, honest government. Open and transparent public dialogue is what citizens want to hear, not the sound of a political steamroller. Jim Gramata, president, Sheffield Neighborhood Association; Ted Wrobleski, planning chairman, Sheffield Neighborhood Association; Paul Dickman, planning chairman, Wicker Park Committee; Reatha Kay, president, RANCH Triangle Community Conservation Association; Charles Griffin, planning chairman, RANCH Triangle Community Conservation Association; Kenneth Dotson, president, Lincoln Central Association; Bucktown Community Organizationl; Erma Tranter, former president, Friends of the Parks


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Wanted Indoor Parking

Looking for an indoor parking spot as close to the First American Bank near Armitage and Sedgwick. I rarely drive and my brakes keep rusting out leave my car on the street. I'll pay upfront. Thank you.

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North Branch Park Preserve Update MeetingJune...

North Branch Park Preserve Update MeetingJune 14, 2018 6:00 PM DePaul Student Center, 2250 N Sheffield Ave.

    North Branch Park Preserve Update Meeting
    a 20,000 seat stadium and a large entertainment complex. Not one foot of the proposed redevelopment of the entire North Branch Industrial Corridor is publicly-owned parkland.

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