Quote of the day – Alderman rejected it straight away

First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno appears to be vying for the Brendan Reilly do-it-my-way award.

From today’s email newsletter:

The 1600 N. Ashland project (former Pizza Hut site) will be a showcase for mixed-use, transit-oriented development. They propose to have 11 stories, between 70 and 80 units for rent, with commercial space at the base of the building.

This is exactly the kind of building that should be in this location, because of its proximity to the Blue Line. We had proposals for single-story commercial developments, which I rejected straight away.

Set aside, for a moment, the merits of the project, and ponder the attitude of the Alderman. Frightened yet about “owning” property in Chicago?

A community meeting on the proposed development is scheduled for Monday, February 27, 6 p.m. at the Near North Montessori School, 1434 W Division St.

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