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Developer Weighs in on Proposed West Loop Apartment Project

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Local group Neighbors of the West Loop lined up with the opposition to battle a proposed 205 unit apartment building on 111 South Peoria Street this week, according to DNAinfo, adding more local voices to the conversation in an area experiencing a development boom. Bob Aiken, vice-president of Neighbors of the West Loop, said as much; locals are "vehemently" against the plan.

Wicker Park-based LG Development — which has overseen projects including Trunk Club, Tortoise Club, GT Fish & Oyster and Momotaro — seeks the zoning approval necessary to build a tiered, mixed-unit Pappageorge/Haymes designed apartment complex on a parking lot north of Mary Bartelme Park. According to Brian Goldberg, a partner at the firm, the aim is to create a boutique, high-end rental building (more appealing than what the lot is currently zoned for, office space). Their initial proposal called for a higher building, but after feedback from neighborhood groups (he didn't specify), Goldberg said they shortened the building and pulled back the facade facing the park, resulting in a tiered, less imposing structure. The plan, far from finished, is still undergoing iterations.

"We'd like to see a broader representation of the neighborhood weigh in," Goldberg tells us. "We want to make something the neighborhood is proud of, and we look forward to presenting this to the community. Right now, it's a matter of respecting the Alderman's wishes and the neighborhood's wishes."

As is stated in a petition against the project, the West Loop Residents Association believes the proposed 13-story tower would change the dynamic of the family-oriented area. Neighbors of the West Loop agree, and plan to say as much in a letter they're sending to Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th). It remains to be seen what side, if any, the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce and West Loop Community Organization will take on the issue.
Patrick Sisson
·Second West Loop group Opposed Apartment Tower Project Near Barteleme Park [DNAinfo]
·Developer's Apartment Plan Faces Tough West Loop Resistance [Curbed Chicago]