Thursday, December 8, 2011

Zoning Meeting Tonight About Maryville / Sedgwick - Public Invited

A public meeting, some controversy and an article in The Reader... hey, it must be Uptown!

Ald. Cappleman's 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee will meet this evening in the auditorium at Weiss Hospital (4646 N Marine), at 6:30pm.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The subject:  Sedgwick's seeking approval to take its revised plan for the now-vacant Maryville Academy to the next step.  In exchange for its smaller plan, it's asking for a smaller, although still considerable, chunk of tax money.

  • The previous plan, "Lake View Station," asked for $50 million of TIF money.  It was rejected by a 9-1 margin by neighbors at a meeting last June.
  • The new plan, "Lighthouse at Montrose Harbor," asks for $31 million of TIF money.  Tonight will tell how the vote goes.

We will not attempt to do an update of all the background of this plan, and there's a lot of it.  Best way is to scroll down the page, look on the right hand sidebar below the EveryBlock widget box to where it says "Search UU" and put in "Sedgwick" as your search term.

We encourage you to attend and make your views known to the alderman, the developer and members of the Zoning and Development Committee.  What happens tonight may affect Uptown for years.

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