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Apartment Tower Planned Near Bartelme Park, But Neighbors Oppose Project

By Stephanie Lulay | October 31, 2014 8:06am
 A rendering of the proposed 13-story development at 111 S. Peoria St. across from Mary Bartelme Park.
A rendering of the proposed 13-story development at 111 S. Peoria St. across from Mary Bartelme Park.
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WEST LOOP — A group of West Loop neighbors plan to fight a 13-story apartment building developers plan to build across the street from Mary Bartelme Park.

Wicker Park-based LG Development plans to develop the building at 111 S. Peoria St. on a site that now houses a parking lot, according to a proposal reviewed at a Neighbors of the West Loop meeting earlier this month. The building would house 205 apartment units, renderings show.

Plans call for a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units and 144 parking spots on site. Apartments would range from about 400 square feet to 1,230 square feet.

James Dore, head of West Loop Residents Association, lives in a Monroe Manor condo at 841-849 W. Monroe St., just north of the proposed Peoria Street development. Dore and many of his neighbors are against LG Development's plan for the site, he said.

Dore declined to talk specifics Thursday, but said that there are "multiple layers" to the group's concerns. Neighbors have retained an attorney "in an effort to make sure our voices are heard in the process," he said.

LG Development's Brian Goldberg, a partner at the firm, did not return calls Wednesday or Thursday.

The proposal has been reviewed by the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce, the West Loop Community Organization and Neighbors of the West Loop, leaders confirmed Thursday.

Members of the Neighbors of the West Loop group are still studying the project, said Bob Aiken, vice president of the group. The group plans to issue a statement of support or opposition to the project at a 27th Ward committee meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the meeting room at 1000 W. Washington St.

Armando Chacon, president of the West Central Association, said LG Development first proposed a taller building with many more micro-studio units at the site. After initial feedback from neighborhood groups, developers later scrapped that plan, he said.

The West Central Association has not formally weighed in on the proposal, Chacon said.

Martha Goldstein, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization, said that the group is still working with the developer.

"We are still in discussions regarding that project," she said.

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