32nd Ward Newsletter: June 21, 2024

Dear Scott,

The heat will continue to hit Chicago this week, so if you need to find a cooling center, call 311 or you can also go to your nearest library, police station, or other city facility. Although some facilities were shut down last week, they should be kept open these next few days.

I've also included a few words on the Marcey development in Lincoln Park and want to thank our neighbors in RANCH Triangle for their community engagement.

The ward and surrounding communities have many events coming up over the next few weekends so we hope you can get out and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Have a nice weekend,

Alderman Scott Waguespack

June Beat Meetings

14th Police District-

1434- June 26, 6:30pm

Bucktown Wicker Park Library

1701 N. Milwaukee


14th District Twitter

14th District CAPS- 312-744-1261

Upcoming Police District Council Meetings

The police district councils host monthly meetings where you can learn the positions of councilors on policing issues. information for the 19th police district is included to the left. The 14th will be at Haas Park at 2402 N Washtenaw on Thursday, June 27th at 6pm. The subject of that meeting will be to meet with the Commander and discuss the proposals by the police district council to institute a ban on traffic stops.

Street Sweeping

Next week, street sweeping will occur in sections 10, 11, and 12 (South Lakeview and Lincoln Park). Please be on the lookout for signs and make sure to move your vehicle on your scheduled day (south and east sides of the street are normally done on the first day, north and west on the second; please watch for signs).

Sweepers will do more than one pass on the block in their initial cleaning, but will not come back to clean sections outside of their officially scheduled day. Please take the time to help clear the curb in front of your property to keep the sewers flowing well. Any leftover landscaping debris from winter months should be bagged and put in the alley by your trash cans. Please do not sweep landscaping debris into the street. Piles of leaves and heavy garbage also clog the sweepers and will cause significant delays. Other large objects like branches and metal will also damage the sweepers, so please remove them from curbs.

Residents can view street sweepers in real time using the Sweeper Tracker online tool. 

1840 N Marcey Development Proposal

Based on urban planning concerns that were not addressed, and the overwhelming negative feedback my office received from the Ranch Triangle Association and the immediate neighbors, I do not support the Sterling Bay development proposal at 1840 N Marcey as is.

After the area was redistricted into the 32nd Ward last year, we held the first community meeting and took significant input from neighbors and the community group RANCH Triangle. Neighbors pointed out the need for a compromise on the project including a reduction in height, parking, and adding affordable units onsite. 

The project asks for all the benefits of a Transit Oriented Development with bonuses but fails to meet the TOD parking requirements. The compromise was to remove one story but add more units, and reduce some of the parking. Despite the slight reduction in the number of off-street parking spaces from 360, the current plan still calls for the equivalent of over nine parking spaces per 25’ x 125’ residential lot, a level of parking that guarantees significant increases in traffic congestion and gridlock. Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs) should see far less parking than what this proposal demands. Additionally, the developer wanted to send the affordable units off site into some other neighborhoods, not building them on their development, which often means the affordable units are never built.  

Yesterday at the Plan Commission, they said they would build some affordable units but only if they are given a property tax reduction on their property by the City. The Marcey property tax reduction would start at 100% allowable rebate for the first three years and then can be reduced over a period of years, depending on a formula created by the state law. 

Furthermore, this area is also referred to in the North Branch Framework Plan as a buffer area because it assumes that the nearly 600-foot-tall high rises contemplated for Lincoln Yards have been built and the transportation infrastructure is in place to support them. 

That transportation infrastructure, including a transit way, expanded CTA bus service, bike routes, and bridge improvements have not been done. Merely calling for the introduction of new CTA service on Clybourn won’t work, and is highly unlikely given the state of the CTA. If you recall, many of these promises were made during the process of approving Lincoln Yards for Sterling Bay starting back in 2016. We will still work with everyone to make sure that something more in Lincoln Yards is developed so it does not remain as is. 

Our role as leaders is to engage in the work of reaching an effective compromise between the preferences of developers, the financial feasibility of projects, and the concerns of the community. The City made it clear that it was fine with the proposed development as is and saw no issues with the height, density, offsite affordable units, or parking prior to any public meeting.

The community proposal asked for an eight-story residential building with up to 400 units, including 20% affordable units on site, and a reduced demand on vehicles. This would have still allowed for an inclusive mixed use development in the area yet would have maintained some connection to and respected the context and character of the surrounding neighborhood. The response was that this was completely unacceptable because the developer was unwilling to accept anything less than multiple high rises on the site.

My role as Alderman is to work toward a compromise between the community and developers and create a balanced development. We will continue to do that. Thank you to the neighbors and RANCH Triangle for their continued efforts to build an inclusive, pedestrian, and bike friendly, mixed-use neighborhood that has not said no to development, but has continually asked for balanced development that includes affordable housing.

Finally, while we have not had any interaction with the Mayor on this development, he did make a statement that was forwarded to us: What my Administration is committed to doing is to bringing real economic development across the city. Now again, the anti-business, quite frankly, the anti-black and brown policies that have created so much harm in the city, that day is over, that's why we're working hard to bring real economic development to the people. What I have committed myself to doing and what I've demonstrated is I work with people. I need people to calm down and relax, just relax. We're having conversations. Because that's how you build a better, stronger, safer Chicago. This is not some contentious, fake spat or rift between my presentation and others. This is about having a real conversation about how we have the vibrancy in this city so that we can recover. The conversations aren't going and look, there are people who may not have fully embraced our vision for a better or stronger safer Chicago. We're going to continue to organize people so that they understand the full value of what it means to invest in all our communities.

Roscoe Village Garden Walk

Come see the Village bloom! Hosted by Roscoe Village Neighbors and free to attend, the 2024 Roscoe Village Garden Walk is the perfect opportunity to see the best and most creative gardens the “Village within the City” has to offer.

Where: Roscoe Village

When: July 14, 2024 from noon-5pm

Guides will be posted on their website and available in print version the day of the event.

NASCAR is July 6-7!

The City of Chicago and NASCAR officials remind residents and visitors to be

aware of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, July 6–7, 2024. As Chicago hosts the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series street races for the second year, residents and visitors are encouraged to be mindful of the traffic impacts, as well as safety measures in place.

As the course and viewing structures are assembled and disassembled, City of Chicago and NASCAR officials are working to further minimize impacts of street closures, parking restrictions, reroutes, and traffic. All businesses and residences will remain accessible during course set up, race weekend, and the break-down.

For complete details, residents can download the community brochure, maps, street closure information, FAQs, parking restrictions, and more at nascarchicago.com/localinfo/ or view the Chicago Street Race Video.

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Alderman Scott Waguespack
2657 North Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-1330

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