CITY HALL — The Fulton-Randolph Market District is formally, officially a city landmark.
The City Council signed off on it Wednesday after the Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved the proposal in May.
Landmark status was considered controversial, as it comes with certain requirements for building owners in the area. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) didn't come out in favor of the move until after the landmark commission formally endorsed it.
Burnett said at the time some property owners had "flipped" from favoring it to "wanting free will."
Yet he added, "Landmarking is not going to hurt people as much as they think it's going to hurt them."
Comprising the 700 to 1000 blocks of West Randolph Street, the 100 to 300 blocks of North Sangamon Street, the 900 block of West Lake Street and the 800 to 1100 blocks of West Fulton Market Street, it is the city's oldest and last remaining public market, although it's been peppered with quality restaurants and other businesses in recent years.
The 74-acre tract includes 87 buildings deemed to be "contributing" to the landmark district, 44 "non-contributing" buildings and 11 vacant lots.
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