February 2016

Building heights, market-rate housing increased in Roosevelt Square plan

New plans for the next phase of Roosevelt Square have received mixed reviews from community groups, although they agree they want to see redevelopment of the former ABLA Homes site resumed after a hiatus caused by the housing market crash.

Rush plans comprehensive care outpatient center east of Ashland

Rush University Medical Center’s planned development of a new comprehensive care outpatient development on the north side of Harrison Street east of Ashland Avenue between Ashland and Loomis Street will require demolishing student housing on the block, but townhouse residents to the south will not be affected, said Rush officials.

Rehab of former police station to result in Chicago Children’s Theatre

Rehab work began in December on a building that eventually will house a theatre training and performance arts center in the West Loop, signaling the arrival of one of Chicago’s best known arts organizations to the neighborhood.

Developer scales back Union St. plans after community input

Housing developer Noah Gottlieb came back from the drawing board Jan. 12 with scaled-down plans for a 99-unit rental apartment tower at 1350 S. Union St., former site of a 145-year-old church and school.

Newman Center dormitory plans put on hold for now

The Rev. Patrick Marshall, director, says there is no new site in sight for the St. John Paul II Newman Center he had hoped to build on the property at 1350 S. Union Ave.

ATN: February 2016

Armour Square Park, located at 3309 S. Shields, has begun registration for winter programs online at…

CHA and DPD change plans, and communities suffer

In 2002, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) came up with its Plan for Transformation. Around the city, it tore down old public housing units — both highrise and low-rise—and promised to replace those units with a combination of public, affordable/subsidized, and market-rate housing.

Pilgrim Baptist will not be rebuilt; could become park

Pilgrim Baptist Church, an historic building at 3301 S. Michigan Ave. that was severely damaged by a fire in 2006, will not be rebuilt.

Group forms to advocate for boathouse plans

Boating enthusiasts and their Pilsen and Bridgeport neighbors want a hand in shaping the $5.7 million, 19,000 square foot Eleanor Street boathouse scheduled to open later this year, said Pilsen resident James Burns.

No marijuana clinic for Fulton Market

A proposed medical marijuana clinic for Fulton Market will not be opening there after all, after it roused criticism by local business owners and residents.

Malcolm X School of Health Sciences opens

The Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences opened on January 7.

Apartments proposed for 352 N. Union St.

Community members gathered recently in a meeting called by the Neighbors of West Loop (NoWL) and Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., to hear plans for a proposed highrise apartment building on a vacant property at 352 N. Union St. The meeting drew close to 75 people.