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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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6th Feb. 2013 Proposal for Redevelopment of Edgewater Medical Center Site

Dexia’s site plan as presented by Waveland Partners on the 6th of Feb. 2013 for the redevelopment of the former Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago, IL (Andersonville/West Edgewater, 5700 N. Ashland Ave., 60660).

Last Wednesday WBEZ’s The Morning Shift concluded a three-part series examining the need for open/green space in the urban environment and how that need is impacting plans to redevelop the Edgewater Medical Center.

On Monday, Feb. 24th, Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia (@wbezsarabia) spoke with Gapers Block (@gapersblock) politics editor Monica Reida (@monicareida) about her article, The Saga of Edgewater Medical Center (earlier post).  Although the interview probably generates more questions than answers, here is a link to the audio of that 11-minute interview.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 25th, The Morning Shift hosted Bob Dean, the Deputy Executive Director for Local Planning at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).  Even at only 6-1/2 minutes it was an informative discussion. Tony Sarabia began the segment by referencing a recently published empirical study that finds that open/green space in the urban environment improves mental health (link to Smithsonian.com article about the study; link to actual study).  A little after 1-3/4 minutes into the interview the subject of the need for open/green space in the Andersonville/West Edgewater Community and how that need relates to the redevelopment of the Edgewater Medical Center came up.  In response to Tony Sarabia’s question, Bob Dean made two points.  First, “there is need for additional green space” in Andersonville/West Edgewater.  Second, that need for open/green space should be “balanced with the idea of bringing in active development, whether it is commercial or residential”.  The current proposal, which includes 39,867 sq. ft. (0.92 acres) of donated land for a genuine neighborhood park, addresses the Andersonville/West Edgewater need for open/green space and simultaneous brings in “active development” (here are two links to pieces about the current proposal: Dexia Makes New Offer and A Revised Proposal for the Edgewater Medical Center Site).  Here is the link to the audio of that interview.

Finally, on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, Alderman Patrick O’Connor (@40thWard) joined Tony Sarabia to continue the discussion from the previous two days.  With Alderman O’Connor providing specific details about the past, the present, and the future, their discussion was informative.  Answering a question about need for open/green space in the 40th Ward,  Alderman O’Connor spoke about the importance of differentiating between the open/green space need at the macro level in the 40th Ward and the open/green space need at the micro level in the 40th Ward. Prefacing his following statement that the City’s 2011 acquisition of 20+ acres in the Rosehill Cemetery for a park/nature preserve has done a lot to address the open/green space need at the macro level in the 40th Ward, he acknowledged the need for open/green space here, “in this particular part of the neighborhood [Andersonville/West Edgewater] there is not a tremendous amount of green space.”  Here is a link to the audio.

If WBEZ adds to the series, this article will be updated.  On a final note, thank you to WBEZ and The Morning Shift for producing this superb 3-part series–it was an informative pubic discussion about the issues impacting the redevelopment of the Edgewater Medical Center.  Chicago is fortunate to have a public radio station that has the ability to produce quality local reporting.  In addition, a sincere thanks to the series’s participants–Monica Reida, Bob Dean, and Alderman Patrick O’Connor–for making themselves available for the series.

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This evening, February 11th, Alderman O’Connor is hosting a public meeting to discuss the future 21-acre nature preserve that will be located on former Rosehill Cemetery property near the corner of Western and Petersen (5801 N Western Ave). At last Wednesday’s meeting Alderman O’Connor mentioned that at this meeting community members will have the opportunity to volunteer to be on the advisory board for this future nature preserve. The Chicago Park District designation for this future site is Park 568. Sorry for the late notice.

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For the moment rather than of providing yet another account of Alderman O’Connor’s public meeting in the St. Gregory cafeteria last night, we are going list a series of links to other accounts of the evening.

  • Eilene Spear’s account for the Edgeville Buzz, Residents Pack Medical Center Meeting, is at this link.
  • Benjamin Woodard’ s account for DNAinfo, Proposal to Put Housing, Park at Edgewater Hospital Heads to City, is at this link.
  • Joe Ruppel’s article, Edgewater Medical Center Plan Ready for Reviewis in The Red Line Project, an online publication of DePaul University College of Communication undergraduate journalism students in Mike Reilley’s Online Journalism II course.
  • Jonathan Greig’s piece, Shuttered Edgewater Medical Center Could be Site of 250 Residences, Commercial Space and Park, is in the online publication Medill Reports – Chicago. Medill Reports is written and produced by graduate journalism students at Northwestern University’s Medill School.
  • Maurine Berens’ summary of the evening is on the WEAR Facebook page. Maurine is WEAR’s Treasurer. On the WEAR Facebook page there is additional information about other topics that were touched on during the meeting (Mellin Playlot, METRA station, and Rosehill Nature Preserve).
    • Benjamin Woodard also has an article for DNAinfo about the proposed METRA stop, the development of which will have an effect on the success of the redeveloped EMC site.

More information will follow in the coming days, weeks, and months. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and who was able to spread the word about the meeting. Working together in a constructive manner the Andersonville/West Edgewater Community has  accomplished quite a significant achievement. Alderman O’Connor himself acknowledged this at the meeting when he said, after presenting the revised proposal, “the neighborhood can take credit.” Thank you everyone.

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