Ravenswood Station Development Up for a Vote Tonight

By Hunter Clauss | Thursday, May 27, 2010
Ravenswood Station Presentation 2

Ald. Eugene Schulter begins the presentation of the project by announcing the controversial condo tower has been tabled. Photo by Brad Bretz.

The fate of the proposed Ravenswood Station development will be decided tonight at McPherson Elementary School, where residents will be allowed to vote on the project beginning at 7 p.m. Dan Luna, who is the chief of staff for Lincoln Square Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), said residents will be given cards to hold up when a vote is called, and the results of the vote will be tallied before the meeting adjourns.

The proposed 140,000-square-foot project would be built on a Sears parking lot on Lawrence Avenue near a Metra station, and it would include a Roundy’s grocery store and a 50-foot tall parking lot. The development originally called for a controversial 11-story condo tower, but Schulter has said the residential part of the project is currently not being pursued.

?As far as I?m concerned, there is no residential component,? Schulter told residents at a community meeting earlier this month.

If approved, the proposed development would then go to the Chicago Plan Commission for a vote. If the commission gives the project the thumbs up, then it goes to the City Council for final approval. Schulter has said the project could take 18 months to build depending on when it gets cleared by the City Council.

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