Friday, October 23, 2015

Stewart School Sold, Pending CPS Approval

From Alderman Cappleman's weekly newsletter:

"CPS has chosen  Morningside's proposal as the top bid for the sale of Stewart School. The next step in this process is for the Chicago Board of Education to formally approve the decision at their monthly meeting next week.

Back in 2014, I asked the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to host a series of public meetings at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse to get feedback from the community about what you wanted to see developed at this site. Thanks to all of you who attended these meetings that included experts in planning, development, and representatives from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). MPC used your input to assist CPS with crafting a Request for Proposal for developers who would express interest with reusing this property. Click here to view MPC's report that was provided to CPS.

Four different developers submitted proposals. CPS selected the highest bid that took the suggestions from the community into account. At a later point in time, Morningside will submit their formal plans for this property and residents will have an opportunity to provide their feedback at a 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee meeting. Residents will also get a chance to view the submitted plans in the "Projects" section of our website at

The Broadway/Wilson corridor is going through an incredible transformation at this time, and much of it has been due to the rehab of the Wilson L Stop.  The Stewart School proposal will further compliment other new developments to make this a more vibrant area."


  1. Well Stewart School survived 110 years in Uptown. I hope that all future owners/users Treat Her Right. It's a fine looking building in a great location.

    My first choice,primum electio, for the building would have been moving the Decatur Classical Latin Magnet school in, but there's a fiscal reality we're dealing with.

    My second choice,secundam electionem, would be market rate housing and I think we're going to see that.

    Ashes to ashes and dust to dust and all that. From death comes rebirth. The cycle of life of buildings and all things. Let's think of this as merely an overture on the future of Uptown. A prelude if you will..........and whathaveu.

  2. Interesting story on Evanston trying to reduce car use and increase density.

    It speaks to the metaphysical importance of transit orientated developments.

    The juxtaposition of human beings and automobile.

    The tenacity of transit orientated development is unorthodox in its poetry.

    People who speak of the need for additional parking want an America where oil cartels and Hollywood liberals can corrupt our beloved family pets.

    Where do I get such outrageous quotes you ask?

    Why here silly at the random phrase generator.

  3. IP, you speak of such important issues.. Cars are the worst, they're stressful to drive, expensive and polluting. And, yes, let's not forget the oil companies killing the planet because despite all the negatives, some people are still insisting on owning cars and, of course, the ugly parking lots and strip malls that come with it. I love Evanston and hope the TOD revitalizes the city the same way with more parks, more density, more shops, more people walking. I hope Uptown leads the way.

  4. UN, in your car-less utopia are their children? Try having kids and going without car. While "evil", they are necessary.

  5. I actually have a child and it can be done without a car. I do supplement with uber and iGo but we usually take the train or a bus. Less cars are actually better for children: car exhaust is harmful for developing brains.