By Lorraine Swanson, Editor, News-Star
More than 100 information-starved Uptown residents crammed into the Kinetic Playground at 1113 W. Lawrence Ave. to hear updates on various developments happening around the neighborhood.
The March 19 community meeting was sponsored by the Uptown Neighborhood Council, a grassroots organization formed in 2003 to give residents and business owners a greater voice in development in their neighborhood.
"This is a community meeting to talk about all the good changes happening in Uptown," UNC president Katharine Boyda said. "All too often we focus on the things that aren't happening."
The "W" word-Wilson Yard-the stalled development on the site of a former CTA maintenance barn that burned down in 1996 and has remained empty ever since despite a $43 million injection of public TIF money, was off limits.
Only when Chicago Department of Transportation project manager Lynn Hollenberg mentioned that "Target was coming" did the audience burst into laughter. The retail giant has yet to make a formal announcement about whether it still plans to anchor the 200,000plus-square-foot development.
Asked where she had heard that Target was coming, Hollenberg said, "around the office."