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Lawsuit against West Loop development thrown out

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Construction on the controversial development will continue despite grievances from neighbors

The under-construction condo development for 111 S. Peoria Avenue in the West Loop has been a lightning rod for criticism and outrage from West Loop residents since the plan was first hatched nearly three years ago, but today, a legal complaint which aimed to halt the project has been thrown out.

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, a lawsuit which was filed last year by the condo board of the neighboring Monroe Manor development at 841-849 W. Monroe was dismissed this morning by a Cook County judge. The suit alleged that the zoning application process, which generally sees that developers present their plans at community meetings and provide notice to neighbors, was not properly followed. However, Brian Goldberg of LG Development, the firm behind the new development, tells Crain’s that the suit really “was about views.”

Despite the ire that the proposal ignited during the community meeting process, the proposed development eventually earned the support of 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. and went before the Chicago Plan Commission last March. The proposal underwent numerous changes in exterior appearance, massing, and programming before it was eventually approved by the city. The new development, dubbed Illume, will eventually deliver 95 condos to the booming area.

A look at construction sites throughout the West Loop last month revealed that work on the new building’s foundation was well underway. LG’s Illume is just one of dozens of new developments currently under construction throughout Chicago’s booming West Loop neighborhood.