Posted in Information, Public Meeting, tagged 40th Ward, Alderman O'Connor, Alderman Patrick O'Connor, Edgewater Medical Center, Edgewater Medical Center Redevelopment, Mark Schipper, Maurine Berens, MCZ Development, Todd Mullen, West Edgewater Area Residents on April 12, 2016|
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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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