From a Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association mailing:
CPNA and the neighborhood support a quality development at this location. After spending 2 years negotiating with Sedgwick Development, we found out they had lied to us about several key features of the development based upon their official plan submission to the City. Their artists renderings were drawn way out of scale, to mask the 85' high concrete base (reminiscent of bad 80's architecture), they promised low-rise condos along Agatite Avenue, and instead submitted a proposal showing an 80' plus tall parking garage. They also proposed a TIF subsidy of $50 million dollars with no "Clawback provision" which would give the money back to the City if they did not build everything they proposed. They are also trying to subvert the City's affordable housing set-aside program, among many other things.
Bottom Line- Their plan is flawed, their architecture is weak, and their track record is not good (either with the community or within the industry).
We need you to come out and voice your support for your neighbors, and make sure our new era in Uptown is not begun with a bad decision leading to bad development. Alderman Cappleman must hear from us that Uptown deserves great architecture, and solid developers. This neighborhood has more large developable parcels than any other on the north lakefront, and developers have been trying for 30 years to build here. When these bad developers have folded up shop, our new Alderman can begin the process of finding quality developers to bring quality development to Uptown. There is no reason to rush this unless you are trying to hide something. Please come out to the meeting on June 7th.
Community Meeting: Tuesday June 7, 2011, at 7:00 pm
Place: Clarendon Park Fieldhouse
What: Vote on the current plan by Sedgwick Development to develop Columbus-Maryville property
Sedgwick Development and the owners of the Columbus-Maryville property are trying to ram Sedgwick's plan through the City approval process by the end of June. Alderman Cappleman has scheduled a community meeting to address Sedgwick's plan, opponents will present critical defects in the plan and with this developer that render both unsuitable, and a vote on the plan will be held for residents living within 250 feet of the development.
If you want your voice heard, PLEASE come to the meeting! More information to follow.