The Chicago City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards is set to consider a proposed rezoning of the old Ravenswood Hospital site, 4550 N. Winchester Ave., on Thursday morning. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) says he has not been consulted on the project by the committee chairman or even met with Lycee Francais, the group proposing to renovate the property.
“I haven’t done anything [on this project],” said Pawar, “but thought, huh, this is on the agenda.” Pawar said he plans to talk to Zoning Committee Chairman, Ald. Daniel Solis (25th) today about the matter.
In addition, legal filings from Lycee Français for the zoning change, the first to be provided for any sort of public consideration, show that the school plans to demolish only the building on Wilson but keep the existing medical office building, parking structure and 12-story apartment building on Sunnyside. The surface parking lot in the center of the site would be converted into a soccer field.
According to plans submitted by Lycee Français, the new school building on Wilson would be an eight-story building. The site would also include a new private drive cutting from Sunnyside to Wilson, to be used as a drop-off point for the school building. [see page 85 of the attached pdf at the bottom of this page].