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Second West Loop Group Opposes Apartment Tower Project Near Bartelme Park

By Stephanie Lulay | November 10, 2014 8:19am
 A nighttime rendering of the proposed 13-story development at 111 S. Peoria St. across from Mary Bartelme Park.
A nighttime rendering of the proposed 13-story development at 111 S. Peoria St. across from Mary Bartelme Park.
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WEST LOOP — Leaders of a second West Loop neighborhood group say they are opposed to a proposed 13-story apartment tower that developers want to build across from Mary Bartelme Park.

Neighbors of the West Loop plan to send Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) a letter stating their objection to a plan that would see 205 apartment units built on the site, according to Bob Aiken, vice president of the group. Wicker Park-based LG Development wants to develop the building at 111 S. Peoria St. on a site that now houses a parking lot, according to a proposal the group reviewed at an October meeting.

Stephanie Lulay outlines the groups' objections:

The West Loop Residents Association also oppose the plan. Late last month, James Dore, head of the group, said many of his neighbors were against the tower, and said there are "multiple layers to the group's concerns." Dore lives in a Monroe Manor condo at 841-849 W. Monroe St., just north of the proposed Peoria Street development.

 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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Aiken said Neighbors of the West Loop will oppose the project because nearby residents don't support it.

"We're opposed to that [proposal] based on residents in the area being vehemently against the development," Aiken said.

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.

In October, Dore said neighbors have retained an attorney "in an effort to make sure our voices are heard in the process." An online petition is being circulated by Dore's group.

The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce and the West Loop Community Organization are also expected to weigh in on the development.

LG Development's Brian Goldberg, a partner at the firm, previously declined to answer questions about the site plan.

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