Vi Daley announces support for Webster Square

Ald. Vi Daley will vote to approve the plans for Webster Square, the proposed redevelopment of the old Lincoln Park Hospital at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Webster Avenue, and Larrabee Street.

“…The developer has addressed most if not all of the concerns that the project has generated,” Daley wrote in an e-mail to constituents. “The one item that remains divisive is the fact of a retail component. Retail will remain the item that prevents many residents from supporting the project. It is also a component that the developer regards as essential for the project’s feasibility. However, the City’s planners have approved the site and, in fact, have pointed out that six-corner intersections are appropriate for retail. The City’s Department of Transportation has also approved the traffic and loading plans. And, finally, it is a positive to many residents who look forward to the pedestrian nature of a neighborhood grocer.”

The Webster Square proposal calls for the conversion of the main hospital building into 120 condominiums. A parking structure will become a Fresh Market grocer with 225 parking spaces and a green roof, and new two- to four-bedroom “flats” will replace and reduce the size of existing structures on Grant Place.

Daley recently delayed Webster Square’s appearance in front of the City Council Zoning Committee and scheduled a community meeting to address recent changes to Sandz’s plans. You can read more about that meeting, held last night, in this Curbed post.

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