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Chicago Planning Commission
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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Feb 25, 2014

Debate Over Luxury Housing Development In Uptown Rages On

An advisory zoning committee for Chicago's 46th Ward signed off on a private developer's request for $14 million in tax increment financing (TIF) assistance for a proposed luxury housing complex in Uptown at its monthly meeting Monday night.

The 46th Ward’s Zoning and Development Committee, put in place by Ald. James Cappleman (46th), approved preliminary plans for JDL Development's TIF project despite opposition from low-income housing advocates in the area.

A group of about 30 community activists staged a protest outside of Cappleman's office Monday night before attending the zoning meeting, held at Weiss Memorial Hospital. The protestors toted signs reading, "Stop displacing our neighborhood" and "Save Uptown diversity." 

"Cappleman, as alderman over his tenure in office, repeatedly supported gentrification projects that affect the community in ways that force out diversity from Uptown and that have devastating effects on low-income communities and communities of color in Uptown," community activist Ashley Bohrer said at the protest. "Building affordable housing would be the best way to use public money for public services, and that means helping communities that are in the most need." 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 17, 2013

Education Activists Slam Chicago Planning Commission For Advancing New Noble School Network Charter (VIDEO)

The Chicago Planning Commission approved the Noble Charter School Network's zoning request Thursday, paving the way for a new high school to be built across the street from Prosser Career Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

The proposal to develop the new charter school at 5357 W. Grand Ave., the current site of a shuttered lumberyard, now heads to the city council's zoning committee. The proposed high school would still need final approval from the school district.

Planning commission members, who are appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, approved the zoning change for the proposed ITW David Speer Academy charter school despite opposition from Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) and Northwest Side residents who said the new school is a risky investment for the community and bad urban planning.