Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two Proposals Given Green Light By 46th Ward Zoning Committee

Two proposals passed through the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee last night.

The first proposal is slated for the SE corner of Sheridan and Dakin, steps from the Sheridan red line. Plans for the site are as follows:

"Developer and owner of the property, Joe Lamanto, is requesting a zoning change from B1-2 to B3-5 TOD (Transit Oriented Development) with a planned development ordinance for a seven-story, mixed-use building with 120 apartments, and 44 interior parking spaces with a height of 79.83 ft." 

Ace Hardware and the bakery that currently occupy the storefronts are both slated to return in the new development
3921 N. Sheridan proposal (Ald. Cappleman's website)
The second proposal (seen below) that was granted the green light is from Sarah's Circle, which serves homeless women and has been a good neighbor for almost 40 years. Their first proposal for the SW corner of Sheridan and Leland called for razing the building and replacing it with something that was quite different than the much-loved building with the terra-cotta ladies. Perkins + Will went back to the drawing board and came up with a plan that utilizes much of the ornamentation of the current building and retains most of the "feel" of the current building. More details from Ald. Cappleman's website:

"The site, 4654 N. Sheridan Rd, is located two blocks south of Sarah’s Circle’s main facility at 4836-4838 N. Sheridan Road and currently consists of a two story building. The lot size is 7,290 square feet, and the building will have up to 35,700 square feet of space. The first floor will be supportive services space accessible to both Interim Housing and Permanent Housing residents with reception, staff offices, private consultation rooms, a group room, a computer lab, dining, and kitchen space. The second floor will be the main space for the 50-bed Interim Housing program and the top four floors will have 38 ADA accessible studio apartments with full, private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Additionally, there will be some shared community spaces on the residential floors. This new facility will be staffed 24/7 and will have security cameras."
Sarah's Circle proposal for Sheridan and Leland as seen from Leland (Perkins + Will)


  1. Sarah's Circle hosted a meeting about the zoning change at Sheridan and Leland. At that meeting, an architect from Perkins + Will showed drawings for the proposed building. In addition to being employed by the firm that designed the building, the gentleman indicated that he is on the 46th ward zoning committee. He was specifically asked if he would be voting for a zoning change as that would be a clear conflict of interest. Alderman Cappleman announced that the decision on the zoning change would be made by the local block club, *not* the 46th ward zoning committee. Either this article is mistaken, or, more likely, both the Alderman and the architect made misleading statements.

  2. That Ace Hardware store used to be a pool hall John Dillinger hung out at. Another piece of local history lost to condo slingers.

    1. It's not condos--it's apartments.

      Keeping some building because some criminal played pool there makes zero sense. It ain't the Biograph Theater.

  3. I really hope Sarah's Circle is incorrect. We'd be both destroying an amazing building and ensuring an economic dead zone in the Wilson and Lawrence corridors for decades to come.

  4. I'm fed up with transit orientated development. It's just a fancy name slapped on projects that are too dense and don't meet the parking requirements. Uptown already has one of the highest population densities and parking rates at and even higher than downtown ($300 a month at some condos) Why make it worse?

  5. I find it amazing that the vote on the sarahs circle homeless shelter was approved by those that do not live near this spot. We do not need nor want another shelter in our area of the ward. There are too many. I went to the meeting and heard our block clubs called NIMBYS, but that doesn't seem to really work here folks. Not given the overabundance of free services here.

    And you wonder why good retail will not open in a zone with homeless vagrants wandering the streets keeping consumers away?