West Loop residents are gearing up for yet another community meeting regarding LG Development's plan to build new residences at 111 S. Peoria Street. Initially unveiled as a rental project, West Loop residents came out in big numbers last winter to stop the plan from moving forward. LG returned to the drawing board to redesign the look and dropped the idea of building apartments in favor of condos. Even with the changes, West Loopers still don't like the plan, and one organization is even pitching the idea of building a privately funded community center at the site.
The battle over the project at 111 S. Peoria has been a contentious one, and has even resulted in some verbal mud slinging between Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. and area residents. West Loopers don't like the idea of adding more rentals, but many also don't like the idea of LG's new project blocking the skyline view from Mary Bartelme Park. Instead, the West Loop Residents Association has suggested building a new community center at the lot. The organization even has draft rendering of what this center could look like.
However, there is still another meeting before any big decisions are made. Similar to many other development meetings in the West Loop, this one will be held at the Merit School of Music on Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
·West Loop Residents Association [Facebook]
·Developer Ditches Apartment Plan, Tries Condos for West Loop [Curbed Chicago]
·Developer Weighs in on Proposed West Loop Apartment Project [Curbed Chicago]
·Developer's Apartment Plan Faces Tough West Loop Resistance [Curbed Chicago]