Ald. Moore backed the planned hotel as the proposal went before the Zoning Board of Appeals Friday.
Ald. Joe Moore's 49th Ward office said construction should begin soon.
Moore talked to DNAinfo Chicago about the neighborhood's future, and his support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The city and state set aside $250,000 for the project, which business owners really want to go forward.
The mall was sold to a Pritzker company for $3.08 million earlier this month, records show.
The city plans to overhaul the intersection to make it safer for motorists and pedestrians.
The long-time incumbent defeated challenger Don Gordon.
Ald. Joe Moore and Ald. Debra Silverstein hope to retain their seats on the City Council.
Three less-controversial referendums are on the citywide ballot.
Ald. Tom Tunney blamed "expensive real estate and expensive cars."
The crosswalk at Rogers and Touhy avenues would be shortened from 110 feet to just 40 feet.
The workshop will cover resumes, job searching, interviewing and social media.
The liquor store replaced Isam's last year.
Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan called Ald. Michele Smith's proposal "feeble and unreasoned."
The east end of Devon Avenue has seen booming development.
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