EDGEBROOK — Plans to transform a skinny vacant lot in Downtown Edgebrook into the Far Northwest Side's first official Transit-Oriented Development and the only one in the city designed for bicycle commuters is in limbo, said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) said.
The 41st Ward Zoning Advisory Committee had been scheduled to review the proposal for a third time Wednesday, but Napolitano told residents in an email the session had been canceled.
"We are hopeful that [this] developer will come back to present their revised plans," Napolitano said.
The six-condominium development at 5306 W. Devon Ave. is designed to take advantage of Downtown Edgebrook's Metra station and the extension of the North Branch Trail, which is under construction, said Ambrosia Homes founder Tim Pomaville.
Along with three parking spaces, the 25-foot wide building — dubbed "The Bicycle Flats of Edgebrook" — would include 12 bicycle storage units, Pomaville said.
Originally set to be four stories and eight units, the building was cut to three stories and six units in response to concerns from the committee that the building would be too tall for the commercial district near Devon and Central avenues, Pomaville said.
While some members of the committee said the height of the building had been their main concern, and praised Pomaville's decision to lower it, others said they still opposed the development, saying they were concerned that residents would take up the already scarce parking spots on the streets in front of their houses.
The committee makes recommendations to Napolitano on whether projects should be granted special permission by city officials and built.
The alderman said his office had received no response from Pomaville about the status of the development.
Pomaville did not return a phone message from DNAinfo Chicago.
The zoning committee is expected to meet next in September.
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