From Ald. Cappleman's office:
"Montrose Clarendon Park TIF Proposal Report
Report on June 7, 2011 Community Meeting
Clarendon Park Field House
A community meeting was held last Tuesday to allow community residents to hear from Sedgwick Properties and neighborhood representatives about the Montrose/Clarendon TIF proposal. Over 700 residents attended and 547 people who live within the boundaries of 2 affected neighborhood organizations weighed in on the proposal by casting their vote.
A special thanks to Jay Feeley from Sedgwick Properties who provided information about this proposed development to the audience, and neighborhood residents Janis Tiffin, Tim Harris, John Wyman, and Bill Petty who presented arguments on why they believe this development should not be supported.
The outcome of the voting is as follows:
- 488 voted to not support the project. (89%)
- 27 voted yes to support the project. (5%)
- 32 voted yes to support the project, but with stipulations. (6%)
Uptown United's lack of support for this project due to its density and concern that the proposed retail might divert foot traffic from the targeted retail corridors in the Uptown area also influenced this decision.
Given the input from the community and Uptown United, it's clear to me that we cannot go forward with this project as presented. Sedgwick Properties has requested a meeting with a representative from Uptown United, some concerned neighbors, and community planning experts from the community to explore other possible plan modifications that reflect community input.
As more details emerge, you have my commitment that I will keep you updated. Thanks again to everyone who has participated with their needed feedback."
Update: The Tribune's Blair Kamin covered the story.