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Children's Memorial Rezoning Approved by City Council, Project Is a Go

By Paul Biasco | April 2, 2014 12:08pm
 The City Council voted to approve rezoning of the former Children's Memorial Hospital site Wednesday morning.
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LINCOLN PARK — The City Council voted Wednesday to rezone the former Children's Memorial Hospital site — the last step in the approval process for a plan that will bring huge new residential and commercial development to the property.

The Council's vote on the $350 million plan for the 6-acre site was unanimous.

The development will include 540 apartments divided between two 21-story high-rise buildings. There'll be 40 to 60 condominium units and a 156-room senior living center.

There will be more than 57,000 square feet of open space spread over a central plaza and two garden areas as well as 105,000 square feet of retail space.

The Council voted on the rezoning without discussion Wednesday.

The application for the amendment to the zoning ordinance was introduced to the Council in July 2012, but the plan had been changed numerous times leading up to Wednesday's vote.

An earlier proposal in 2012 called for a 27-story tower, a 19-story building and a 14-story building.

The proposal that was approved Wednesday was scaled back in January.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has voiced his support for the plan, which will add 250 permanent jobs and 2,500 temporary construction jobs.