Things are not looking good for Cuneo Memorial Hospital. Preservation advocates hoping to keep the Uptown building standing found themselves facing new obstacles – we're thinking pretty big ones – last week when the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee voted to approve three measures in JDL Development's Maryville housing development, including razing the 1957 hospital building, DNAinfo reports.
The demolition, opposed by Preservation Chicago and the members of a Cuneo friends group, got the committee's okay along with JDL's request for $32 million in TIF assistance dollars, and a change in the percentage of "affordable" units (from the 20% Chicago ordinances require to 10% with additional conditions) in the 842-unit proposal at the former site of Maryville Academy.
According to Ald. James Cappleman's chief of staff, no independent site evaluation has been conducted on the hospital building in recent years – an action preservationists hope to see before any final decisions are made.
The committee will vote again on the project by April 29. The plan will then need a thumbs up from Cappleman before being presented to the city. Stay tuned.
·Uptown Committee Votes on $220M TIF Project [DNAinfo]
·Uptown Residents Ready to Put Up a Fight for Cuneo Hospital [Curbed Chicago]
·Maryville Development Coverage [Curbed Chicago]