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Back on December 12th of 2018 an ordinance, O2018-9260, was introduced in the City of Chicago Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.  Its title is Zoning Reclassification Map No. 13-I at 5700 N Ashland Ave – App No. 19879.  The body of O2018-9260 contains a considerable amount of information about MCZ Edgewater, LLC’s redevelopment plans for the Edgewater Medical Center site located at 5700 N Ashland Ave.  The redevelopment is controlled by the “requirements, obligations, and conditions” set forth in the City of Chicago’s Planned Development No. 1312.  For more information about the planned development follow this link and download the PDF, O2018-9260.pdf, located on the corresponding webpage.

MCZ Development has updated 3 of the project’s color renderings. They are available at this link.

Here is a link to a February 1st, 2019 article in The Real Deal real estate publication about a $27M loan MCZ Development secured in order to fund the project.

Here is a link to the MCZ Development Facebook Page.

Finally, here is a link to what I assume must be drone video of the site from last year.

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According to an announcement Alderman Patrick O’Connor posted in his Facebook Page on March 19th, 2019, the current developer of the former Edgewater Medical Center, MCZ Development, “is seeking a Planned Development amendment.” According to the alderman the amendment would increase the project’s dwelling units from 141 to 155 and decrease its parking spaces from 78 to 74.

The community will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendment at a public meeting at St. Gregory’s, 1609 W. Gregory St., on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. At the meeting, where the community may ask questions about the proposed amendment and the project in general, the alderman states there should be representatives of MCZ and various city departments.

To read the specific text Alderman O’Connor posted follow this link.

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On January 10th, 2018 Alderman O’Connor posted a detailed update to the section of his website where he shares information about the Edgewater Medical Center redevelopment project with the community. Follow the link for more details.

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On February 19th, Alderman O’Connor announced on his website “significant progress with respect to the Edgewater Medical Center Redevelopment”. Here is the link — http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/featured-news/edgewater-medical-center/ (you need to scroll down the page in order to read the Feb. 19th announcement since Alderman O’Connor has made two additional announcements regarding EMC redevelopment since Feb. 19th: TIF expenses; summary of WEAR March 31st community forum).

On March 31st, West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR) hosted a forum at the Experimental Sound Studio.  At the forum Todd Mullen of MCZ Development spoke about the current plans MCZ Development has for the redevelopment of the Edgewater Medical Center.  Here is the link to The Experimental Sound Studio’s streaming of the evening — https://youtu.be/G5Ne0DwRhTA (one hour thirty minutes of unedited video).

On April 4th, Mark Schipper (@MyTimesProse) wrote a thorough account of the March 31st forum in his DNAinfo Chicago piece, “Rats And Asbestos Need To Go Before Edgewater Medical Center Is Demolished” (again, Alderman O’Connor has summary of the forum at the previous provided link).

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DNAinfo’s Linze Rice (@linzerice) wrote this morning that our City has purchased EMC property from MCZ for a neighborhood park.  Here is a link to the article, which contains a few more details.

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Over the past four days DNAinfo|Chicago reporters Linze Rice and Benjamin Woodard have written two topical articles on the dumping of “long-standing water” from the Edgewater Medical Center basement into the Chicago sewer system.  The first article, written on November 15th by Ms. Rice and Mr. Woodard, reports on the putrid odors pumping at the 5700 N. Ashland Ave site was producing in the West Edgewater/Andersonville neighborhood and homes.  The second article, written two days later on the November 17th by Mr. Woodard, reports on the MWRD’s halting of the dumping.  Apparently, the new owner of the property, Sedgwick Acquisitions, LLC, had not secured the proper permit for the discharge.  Sedgwick Acquisitions, a venture of MCZ Development, plans to raise the parking garage and construct 19, high-end, single-family homes there.  In an earlier DNAinfo|Chicago article Mr. Woodard reported on the sale of the garage property to MCZ Development at the end of this October for $3.6 million, and the pending sale of the remaining EMC property to the company for another $3.9 million.

If you were impacted by the dumping, the MWRD Hazardous Waste Dump Hotline number, which is for reporting “illegal dumping of waste into waterways or sewers or complaints of water pollution“, is (800) 332-3867 or (800) 332-DUMP.  The contact info for the MWRD commissioners is below.

  • Kathleen Therese Meany, President Board of Commissioners, (312) 751-5646, Kathleen.Meany@mwrd.org
  • Barbara J. McGowan, Vice President, (312) 751-5640, Barbara.McGowan@mwrd.org
  • Mariyana T. Spyropoulos, Chairman of Finance, (312) 751-5650, Mariyana.Spyropoulos@mwrd.org
  • Michael A. Alvarez, Commissioner, (312) 751-5665, Michael.Alvarez@mwrd.org
  • Frank Avila, Commissioner, (312) 751-5620, Frank.Avila@mwrd.org
  • Cynthia M. Santos, Commissioner, (312) 751-5685, Cynthia.Santos@mwrd.org
  • Debra Shore, Commissioner, (312) 751-5690, Debra.Shore@mwrd.org
  • Kari K. Steele, Commissioner, (312) 751-5694, Kari.Steele@mwrd.org
  • Patrick D. Thompson, Commissioner, (312) 751-5670, Patrick.Thompson@mwrd.org

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According to DNAinfo Chicago reporter Ben Benjamin Woodard the West Edgewater Area Residents’s board (W.E.A.R.) is calling for the demolition of Edgewater Medical Center (EMC) if a buyer cannot be found in 60 days.  In addition, today’s online article reveals that the Edgewater Medical Center Bankruptcy Estate, the legal entity that owns the property at 5700 N. Ashland Ave. which has sat vacant for 13 years, is seeking to have vacated in bankruptcy court  the $14M in property taxes it owes Cook County.  Here is a link to the DNAinfo article.

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