Monday, November 27, 2017

First Look At Proposed Sunnyside/Broadway TOD Renderings (Updated)


As we posted earlier this month
, Morningside Development is requesting a zoning change to build a mixed-use residential mid-rise at Sunnyside and Broadway. The preliminary renderings of the building are up on the 46th Ward website. The blurb about 1030 W Sunnyside says,
"Owner, Morningside, is requesting a Planned Development amendment and zoning change on the property south of the former Stewart School from the RT-4 to B2-5 for a proposed TOD (Transit Oriented Development), multi-unit 128 ft. residential building with 144 units, 2,400 sq. ft. of commercial space and 7 parking spaces.

Morningside is planning to honor the Affordable Requirements Ordinance by building all required units onsite. For more information, please see the following documents: 1030 West Sunnyside; 1030 Sunnyside Zoning Application."
We have heard from Ald. Cappleman's office that the approval process will include an open house for community input. Subsequent meetings will be held with Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association, and then the 46th Ward Zoning Committee.

Whatever your opinion is of the building in the rendering (and our personal preference would be that it better reflect the vintage buildings around it), the vote is on the proposed zoning change, and not the exterior building as drawn. We are sure that, like nearly every other project, there will be changes and tweaks as it goes through the approval process.

Update: In the comments, Ald. Cappleman wrote on Monday night: "As with every single planned development that we've ever had, there are always changes in the design based on community feedback, as well as from a team of architects from the Dept. of Planning & Development. This project will be no different. When we have our open house, be sure to provide your input. The Dept. of Planning & Development will take your suggestions seriously."

22 comments:

  1. Back to the ole drawing board on this one....

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    1. Is there space on that corner for another building? Seems that the School is being rehabbed for rentals...why not just keep the open space next to it?

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  2. Looks like a jail and it obstructs the beautiful school. Half-assed attempt if you ask me, and I want more of this kind of development in Uptown.

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  3. It is ugly. Really ugly. And that's not an opinion.

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  4. The building proposed might be acceptable in a different setting. It is not respectful of it's site or to the buildings that flank it. A new design needs to be created that references the materials and styles of the buildings that surround it.

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  5. Too tall and to banal to be sitting next to such a lovely building. It would be nice if it had some dialogue with the school building, but developers don't pay for real design, you'd need a company that planned to invest in the community for real design. This is yet another knock-off trying to rake in as much money and quickly as possible and then shut down the LLC before the building starts to fall apart on the tenants and owners. How long before we start hearing about all of the anticipated luxury of this project?

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  6. Featureless, closed to the public, lacking any architectural beauty, cultural or historical significance. The future of Uptown.

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  7. This is the ugliest piece of shit they possibly could have proposed here

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    1. I'm no fan of this rendering at all, but it certainly could be uglier. Hopefully they'll be receptive to redesign. It's the kind of density this street needs.

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  8. I have no problem with the height or scale of the building.

    I do have a problem with it being flat out FUGLY.

    Either offer something better or expect to get voted down with extreme prejudice.

    When I say that they better listen because I'm probably more pro development than any other person in this ward and if I think it's not going to fly and shouldn't fly they need to rethink quickly.

    There are some newer buildings on Broadway in n half of Edgewater that are somewhat similar in scale but less hideous. I suggest the developer take a walk north and bring an architect and a camera.

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  9. Many of these nine story newer buildings would be better or some variation than this rectangular atrocity.

    I refuse to hyperlink because the rendering offends my inner architect.

    Whole lot of better options here. Taller, with a smaller footprint. Same scale, but break up the monotony with indentations on the building. Go ultra modern with lotsa glass.

    This looks like an oversized Kleenex box with windows. I want to blow my nose in it.

    This design doesn't need tweeking it needs twerking. Just forget about it and start over. Phooey.


    https://www.google.com/search?q=nine+story+building&client=firefox-b-1-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiw3_ypx9_XAhWoxYMKHV9VB8UQ_AUICigB&biw=1024&bih=659

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  10. Are they going to re-open Kennmore ave. again right there?

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  11. Ugly is right. And it won't age well. It will get more ugly over time. The windows are terrible and the façade is ... Ugly.

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  12. As with every single planned development that we've ever had, there are always changes in the design based on community feedback, as well as from a team of architects from the Dept. of Planning & Development. This project will be no different. When we have our open house, be sure to provide your input. The Dept. of Planning & Development will take your suggestions seriously.

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    1. Oh Cappleman, really! So nice of you to play both sides of the fence. After a while it doesn't work, We have seen you stick up for yourself...

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  13. Very 1960s East Berlin. Sooooo purdy.

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  14. My Dear Neighbors: I am so sorry for all of you who write! But my dear ones, you need to investigate!!! This project is an ARO. What kind of facade do you expect? Please continue to read the proposals on all the links---just saying :)

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    1. "This project is an ARO." This project is an Affordable Requirements Ordinance? How on earth can a building be an ordinance? How can an ordinance be a building? I do not think it means what you think it means, Vizzini.

      Chicago's ARO (Affordable Requirements Ordinance) says that any new residential development that requires a zoning change or is funded by city money (for example, TIF funding) must set aside 10 percent of its units as affordable housing. That is defined as units reserved for people earning up to $33,180 a year. The developer has the option of paying into the Low Income Housing Trust Fund instead, which subsidizes rents for people earning as little as zero dollars annually.

      In this case, the developer will be offering 10 percent of the units on-site to satisfy the ARO. 90 percent of the units will be market rate. 14 or 15 new units of affordable housing will be created. And 129 or 130 units of market rate housing will also be created.

      So how does that fit into your facade theory?

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    2. Dear Kate,
      Please refer to the city web address:https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/housing/ARO_Enhancements_Summary.pdf
      Clearly you can see your figures are not exactly correct it could be 20%. And there is only basic building materials --don't know how they can tweak this ARO any further. Perhaps skim on the windows and add little something else in place, maybe round out the corners. Please check on all the facts thoroughly...

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  15. Comments and additional renderings here provide some good information.

    https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/11/27/16704364/uptown-development-1030-sunnyside-tod

    These renderings aren't as A palling as the rendering above. Still not great though. I guess the architect or developer thought the weird mixture of windows was going to impress people.

    WRONG.

    It can be better and I'm sure it will be better.

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  16. I predict another "only those residents within 250 feet get a say in the process" trick in the works. Maybe not with this version, but it's coming I'll betcha.

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