On June 8th John Knox posted a comment to this account of the Waveland Partners’ presentation from the previous evening. John correctly pointed out that, based upon the materials available on www.theResidencesAtEdgewaterPark.com, a website Waveland Partners maintains for marketing the Edgewater Medical Center redevelopment, the amount of property that was being offered to the city by Dexia / Edgewater Medical Center Bankruptcy Estate was 7% of the developable land, not 40%, as had been explained during the June 7th community meeting.
Before Thursday evening the percentage of the developable site that Dexia / Edgewater Medical Center Bankruptcy Estate had been proposing to set aside for a mini-park–a playground–was 0.2 acres (8787 s.f or 7% of the developable site). So, although the materials John had used were no longer current (as of writing, Waveland Partners has not placed the materials from the June 7th presentation online), he was on to something. Using the same materials, but basing my calculations on the drawings in them, I quickly came up with a smaller percentage, 26%.
My next steps were (1) to update the account of the evening and (2) to inquire with Waveland Partners’. While Waveland Partners checked its numbers, I checked mine, yet again, using the city’s GIS website. This time the percentage I came up with was still less than 40%, but, frustratingly, it was also greater than 26%. I updated the account.
A short while later Waveland Partners sent me its revised percentage. It matched the percentage I had just worked out using the city’s GIS website. Since then I have gone back to the materials that John Knox and I initially used to check Waveland Partners’ Thursday evening number and I have confirmed it (When I first used the drawings in them, I’d made an error in calculating the size of the land Dexia / Edgewater Medical Center Bankruptcy Estate is proposing to donate.)
Please note, my calculations are not based upon supporting materials for the June 7th offer, so they maybe revised, yet again, once Waveland Partners makes such materials available. For any confusion resulting from the two previous accounts of Thursday evening’s presentation, I apologize.
An up-to-date version of Friday’s early morning account of the previous evening’s presentation is below.
Waveland Partner’s Ed Polich surprised an almost full house at the St Gregory Bingo Hall last night when he set forth a new Dexia / Edgewater Medical Center Bankruptcy Estate plan for the redevelopment of the Edgewater Medical Center:
- 33% to 34% of the site would be donated to the city for a true neighborhood park,
- the city would approve the construction of a 13 story mixed-use building east of the north south alley along Ashland Ave, and
- the city would approve the construction of 19 single-family residences on Edgewater Ave where the EMC parking garage currently stands.
As Alderman O’Connor stressed, this is not a done deal. It is just an offer. All parties need time to evaluate it and its impact on the Andersonville/West Edgewater community before anything productive can be said about it.
This can be said, though, before last night the offer was 7% of the developable site for a mini-park located at the corner of Hermitage and Edgewater in exchange for a building complex that consisted of a 9 story mixed use building east of the north south alley and two 7 story residential buildings west of the north south alley, and 16 single-family residences along Edgewater Ave, but now the offer is somewhere between 33% and 34% of the developable site in exchange for a 13 story mixed-use building and 19 single-family residences.
At 0.93 acres the proposed site, which lies on a parcel bounded to the east by the north south alley and to the west by the eastern most residence on Hollywood Ave and the eastern most residence proposed for Edgewater Ave, would need an additional 0.47 acres before it would be equivalent to the Mary Bartelme Park, which has 1.4 acres.
Alderman O’Connor MC’d the meeting, keeping it informative and moving along (it did run long, though no one was complaining).
We, the Andersonville/West Edgewater Community and the city of Chicago, would not be where we are, at this moment, were it not for all of your support. Thank you.
With much still remaining to be done, we need to stay focused.
More information will follow in the coming weeks.
As we proceed, let’s strive to make this the best planed development the city has ever seen.