Community Meeting - January 8, 2009

The second community meeting regarding the Children's Memorial Hospital Site Redevelopment will take place on Thursday, January 8th at the St. Vincent dePaul Center, 2145 N. Halsted beginning at 6:30PM. This will be a full working session - all attendees will be encouraged to participate in structured activities.

Tentative Schedule & Agenda:

1. Welcome & Review of 11-13-08 meeting

2. Initial findings report from the consulting teams
a. ERA - Demographic & Market Analysis Summary
b. METRO Transportation - Traffic and Parking Stats
c. Granacki Historic Consultants - Comments on existing structures
d. HOK - Urban Design

3. Public Engagement Activity 1: Keypad voting - Approximately 30 questions - Results will be generated instantaneously.

4. Public Engagement Activity 2: Themed Break Out Sesssions - Consultant led groups
a. Neighborhood Context
b. Development Economics
c. Transportation & Infrastructure
d. Planning Framework
e. Development Character

5. Summary & Wrap-Up
a. Summarize Public Engagement Activity
b. Next Steps

2 comments:

Lincoln Central Association is committed to the following principles regarding CMH Site Development
1) Keep the parking structure that stands on the west side of Lincoln Avenue. Merchants, churches, residents and theater groups in the immediate area depend on the garage. Children's had made a commitment to the community to provide this parking. The need continues and should be honored within any new development.

2) LImit height and density to reflect the surrounding residential and commercial neighborhood buildings. No high rise structure. Limit height to five stories.

3) Maintain commerce on Lincoln Avenue. Provide commercial space on the ground floor, particularly on the Lincoln Avenue side of the parcel. Residential space above.

5) Provide green space and a children’s play ground. Oz Park is nearby but the area needs outdoor, green, communal space.

6) If needed (after analysis of any proposed plan), break up the space (with a new north/south road) as a means to ease congestion and to create a more pedestrian friendly area.

7) Save the two gateway terra-cotta clad structures (at Lincoln/Halsted/Fullerton) that house offices and the White Elephant store. Preserve the Nellie Black, Martha Wilson and Koch buildings for re-use. All these properties were highlighted by the historical consultants (Granecki) hired by HOK for a review of significant historical buildings.

8) Use materials ( such as, brick) which is consistent with the neighborhood. Architectural structures and elements should also to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

9) Include senior and work-force housing so that our teachers, firemen, policemen, etc. can live in the neighborhood they service. Our neighborhoods voted overwhelming for this in the 2006 Balanced Development Referendum.

Deirdre Graziano Vice President Lincoln Central Association

May 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Lincoln Central Association is committed to the following principles regarding the development of the CMH site:
1) Keep the parking structure that stands on the west side of Lincoln Avenue. Merchants, churches, residents and theater groups in the immediate area depend on the garage. Children's had made a commitment to the community to provide this parking. The need continues and should be honored within any new development.

2) LImit height and density to reflect the surrounding residential and commercial neighborhood buildings. No high rise structure. Limit height to five stories.

3) Maintain commerce on Lincoln Avenue. Provide commercial space on the ground floor, particularly on the Lincoln Avenue side of the parcel. Residential space above.

5) Provide green space and a children’s play ground. Oz Park is nearby but the area needs outdoor, green, communal space.

6) If needed (after analysis of any proposed plan), break up the space (with a new north/south road) as a means to ease congestion and to create a more pedestrian friendly area.

7) Save the two gateway terra-cotta clad structures (at Lincoln/Halsted/Fullerton) that house offices and the White Elephant store. Preserve the Nellie Black, Martha Wilson and Koch buildings for re-use. All these properties were highlighted by the historical consultants (Granecki) hired by HOK for a review of significant historical buildings.

8) Use materials ( such as, brick) which is consistent with the neighborhood. Architectural structures and elements should also to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

9) Include senior and work-force housing so that our teachers, firemen, policemen, etc. can live in the neighborhood they service. Our neighborhoods voted overwhelming for this in the 2006 Balanced Development Referendum.

May 27, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

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