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Developer Resumes Lake View Station Talks in Uptown

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Several months have passed since we've heard so much as a peep about Lake View Station, but it looks like Sedgwick Properties is set to resume talks with the community over their planned Uptown development. The folks at Uptown Update received a tip that Sedgwick will be giving a presentation tonight at 7pm in the laundry room of 4322 N. Clarendon on the proposed multi-tower development.

For those that haven't been following this development, let's recap: In January 2010, Sedgwick announced plans to build three condo and apartment towers of 20 to 45 floors on the former Maryville Academy site at Montrose and Clarendon. The six-phase plan calls for condos, apartments, a hotel, grocery store, fitness club, and Sedgwick pledged to spend $6 million renovating Clarendon Park.

"It's going to happen. But it's not going to be easy to get done," developer Marty Paris told Crain's in January. "It's one of very few parcels left available on the lakefront in the best of the North Side neighborhoods."

Uptown residents must have been flattered, right? Reactions have been pretty mixed. Uptown residents loved the fact that all of the homes in the development would be market-rate (the low-income housing requirement was covered by including 150 senior apartments), but many neighbors predictably came out in opposition to the height and density of the project. In June, 46th Ward Ald. Helen Shiller announced that she would block the development's advancement until Sedgwick cleared up some major "discrepancies" between what they were telling the community and the documents they had submitted to the city.

That's pretty much when Lake View Station talk started quieting down. But now, Sedgwick has launched a new development website, titled "Connecting Clarendon Park," that features a handful of new renderings. And of course, there's tonight's laundry room pow-wow. Let the spin cycle begin!
· Sedgwick Trying Again For Maryville Development [Uptown Update]
· Development website: Lake View Station [Connecting Carendon Park]