Letter from Alderman Pawar re: Montrose Green Development

A letter was sent out from Alderman Pawar’s office yesterday, detailing his decision regarding the zoning change request for the proposed Montrose Green development at 1819 W. Montrose Avenue.  The letter can be found below.


Dear Neighbor,

In December, we hosted a community meeting to discuss the proposed re-zoning of 1819 W. Montrose from B3-2 to B3-3. Harrington Brown, LLC is applying to change the zoning on the property to allow for 24 majority one-bedroom units rather than the 13 two-and three-bedroom units the current zoning would allow. We received feedback at the meeting and following the meeting from many in the community. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to consider this project and to provide constructive feedback to my office.

 The Northcenter Neighborhood Association, Northcenter Chamber of Commerce and Ravenswood Community Council (RCC letter is forthcoming) have issued support letters for this development. In addition, of the 34 communications received by our office, 26 were for the project and 11 were against and 1 was neutral. You can review all the comment letters from organizations and the community on our website chicago47.org

 (you’ll find them under the listing for 1819 W. Montrose).

 After months of consideration, including multiple meetings with the developer and neighboring building owners, I have decided to support the application for the zoning to be changed to B3-3. There is a need for smaller unites in the neighborhood and there is less likelihood that residents in small units will own cars. This development will be a benefit to the commercial corridor along Montrose and will continue to provide different kinds of housing options for residents in the 47th Ward. To address some of the concerns expressed by the community I will be taking the following steps.

  1. I will pass an ordinance to restrict vehicles over 5 tons from driving on the 4300 block of N. Wolcott. This will prevent large tractor trailers from serving the site and mitigate concerns about large truck traffic on the residential street.
  2. My office will work with the building owner on the corner of Montrose and Wolcott to screen any dumpsters that have to be relocated to the concrete pad adjacent to the building on Wolcott. We will work with the building owner to ensure that this screening is attractive, and that the pad is kept clean.
  3. I have requested that the 3 affordable units be built on-site by the developer.

This development will be on the agenda for the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards on April 23, 2015. The meeting will be held at 10am at City Hall (121 N. LaSalle) in the Council Chambers on the second floor. You may attend the meeting to give feedback to the committee or send a letter to the address found below:

Committee on Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards

City Hall, Room 304

121 N. LaSalle St.

Chicago, IL 60602

I believe that this development is the right fit for the vacant site at 1819 W. Montrose. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 773-868-4747 or email info@chicago47.org.

Sincerely,
Ameya

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