Friday, June 10, 2011

Maryville Presentation Hand-Outs

A few people have asked about seeing presentation materials from Tuesday's Maryville / Sedgwick meeting:
  • Ald. Cappleman's website directs to Sedgwick's website, "Connecting Clarendon Park."  Their talking points, latest update, and a copy of the PowerPoint are here.  If you can't find the PowerPoint, we have saved it to our Scribd site as well.
  • A reader was kind enough to scan in the remaining pages that were distributed to the crowd, including a traffic study.  You can find them here.


  1. Also, the Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association's hand-outs are available on our Facebook page in the Notes section and as some photos on our Facebook page. If you would like a copy of anything, please send us an email: cpnassoc @, and we'll be happy to send them to you.

  2. Can you judge a book by its cover? Or any page of a PowerPoint handout? Readers are surely aware that Sedgwick hired professional marketers to prepare these materials, which emphasize the beauty of computer renderings. Unfortunately there’s no fabrication machine which will put what they render on the corner of Montrose and Clarendon.

    The developer’s Plan Application elevation drawing is still the most accurate and only way to get a full understanding of what they want to build. It’s how we found out the first time around (a year ago) that what Sedgwick was showing in its renderings was not what they had applied to the city to build. That led to then-Alderman Shiller putting the brakes on the project. The plan application drawings are very accurate as to what Sedgwick is proposing to build.

    On the other hand, the Sedgwick perspective drawing and renderings are idealized. For instance, the pretty rendering on the cover of their power point hand outs is done from an aerial perspective, conveniently hiding the true massive size of the eight-story garage at the base of the complex, making it seem much shorter and less imposing. The high rises also seem more separated and less crowded from this angled view. And also conveniently, the high-rise in the park is missing… ooops.

    At a meeting several weeks earlier Sedgwick was asked to bring updated elevations to the June 7th community meeting. Sedgwick said they had done updated detailed elevation drawings and would bring them to the meeting. But they didn’t.

    If you want to see what an actual built Sedgwick high-rise looks like, I suggest you look at the Marquee Michigan at 1464 S. Michigan. Be sure to note the concrete fa├žade the numerous vacant retail spaces, years after the building was completed.

    There is more information on the Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page… for instance, check,

  3. Check the "fine print" on the cornerstone. "Frank Cuneo" was the person for whom this hospital complex was originally named. The Missionary Sisters operated several health centers in the Chicago area including Columbus in Lincoln Park and Cabrini (named for foundress St. Frances Cabrini) on the west side.