Our coverage of the 3750 North Halsted saga continues. In January, we brought you news of alterations to the project's massing, made in response to neighborhood opposition. Now, Inside-Booster is reporting that Ald. James Cappleman (46th) has come out in support of the proposal amid bitter debate between community members and JDL Development. At a March 26th meeting, the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee officially voted to approve the mixed-used rental project "with contingencies." Cappleman had originally promised to remain impartial, but did an about-face when the developer threatened to build a 75,000-square foot big box retail structure on the site if its plans were not approved. Predictably, many of the residents who attended the meeting decried the alderman's decision. Hakeem Durojaiye, board member at a neighboring highrise, had this to say: "We will remember this. We do not like this. You are shoving this down our throats." If the site plans above and on Cappleman's website represent the latest iteration of the project, the height of the taller tower has been reduced from 25 to 17 floors, while the shorter remains at 10 floors. We'll keep you posted.
·Residential Plan for Halsted & Bradley gets Beefed-Up [Curbed Chicago]
·Ald. Cappleman stands firm against neighbors who feel 'shnookered' by project [Inside-Booster]
·3750 N. Halsted Elevations [Ald. James Cappleman]