Amazing what shows up in the mailbox some days. Someone sent us what appears to be a copy of the letter Uptown United (a member of the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee) wrote to Ald. Cappleman earlier this week, giving its opinion of the proposed Sedgwick development at the Maryville site.
The letter brings up some interesting points. Uptown United:
- did not support the creation of the TIF, but accepts that it's here and will be used to facilitate any development on the site
- points to Sedgwick's past lack of transparency as a reason for not supporting the current proposed development at Maryville, although it commends Sedgwick's recent attention to community input
- feels the western part of the Maryville site is appropriate for a high-rise, mixed-use complex
- does not believe the retail components in the Lighthouse plan benefit the entire community enough to justify the expenditure of $30 million in TIF funds
- mentions that donating the east parcel and returning it to parkland would be a public benefit, as would engaging retail businesses that help further the growth of Uptown as an entertainment district
Read it yourself (above) and draw your own conclusions.