Lincoln Park

Developers Look For Neighborhood Support For Lincoln Yards Riverfront Project

Developers are trying to gain support for revitalizing the old industrial area that would connect Lincoln Park with Bucktown and Wicker Park.

But neighbors are still concerned after seeing Thursday night's revised plans for the $5 billion Lincoln Yards project.

“Understandably when there’s this big of a change it makes people nervous," Andy Gloor of Sterling Bay said.

Developers knew their revised plan for the Lincoln Yards riverfront project would still face opposition.

“Many of us here believe that this whole process has been rushed," one attendee said.

Developers main changes are lower building heights from 800 feet to 650 and extra public space from 13 acres to 20. But neighbors want more specifics.

"I’m wondering why we’re not seeing a master plan," another resident said.

Neighbors want a public park and traffic solutions for the proposed 5,000 housing units, 23,000 jobs and 20,000 seat soccer stadium.

Local business owners want to know if developers promised Live Nation exclusive entertainment agreements.

Developers still need city council to approve rezoning and a Tax District.

“I am asking that you finish the plan before you ask for tax dollars,” said Robert Gomez, owner of the Subterranean and Chicago Independent Venue League co-chair.

Ald. Brian Hopkins says he’s keeping an open mind but defends the process.

“For three years now, it may take another three years now, I don’t know," he said. "But this has not been rushed.”

Hopkins says they‘ll keep taking community feedback and make more changes.

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