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Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

Tunney defends major mixed-use project near Wrigley

Alderman Tom Tunney (44th) on Thursday energetically defended a proposed $140 million development project that would be located adjacent to Wrigley Field. Opponents of the project argued the plans include too many parking spaces.

Council zoning committee OKs furniture gallery, charter school, senior housing facility

The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards passed an ordinance Thursday that would allow for the transformation of the Three Arts Club, a Chicago landmark in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, into a furniture gallery and café.

Council committee approves Emanuel's parking lot size reduction measure

The City Council’s Zoning Committee passed an ordinance Wednesday aimed at reducing the required parking lot size for certain developments in the city and encouraging the use of public transit.

Ford dealership plans move forward

The City Council’s Zoning Committee on Wednesday green-lighted a zoning change request that would allow for development of a Ford dealership in the 32nd Ward. Committee Chairman and City Council Latino Caucus Chairman Alderman Danny Solis (25th) had blocked the measure for months, citing Ford’s historical lack of Hispanic-owned car dealerships.

Ford dealer, held up by politics, gives Chicago a deadline

Wrigley redo nears city approval

The Chicago City Council zoning committee unanimously approved by voice vote on Tuesday a historic renovation of Wrigley Field as well as its surrounding area, and the project will go before the full City Council on Wednesday.

Wrigleyville Alderman Tom Tunney (44th) said at the meeting that he resolved with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts his remaining concerns with the project, namely a pedestrian bridge, the entrance of a planned hotel, and further outfield signage in the baseball stadium.

Mayor Emanuel and Tunney reach truce on Wrigley

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated Tuesday that he and Wrigleyville Alderman Tom Tunney (44th) resolved their differences on two previously outstanding issues related to rehabilitation plans for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

According to an Emanuel press release, the city and Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts will defer indefinitely the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street. Tunney had previously expressed concerns about the bridge.

Emanuel and Tunney also “agree that further discussion is necessary” on the best entrance to the boutique hotel.

Theater group holds on to Uptown community center for now

The fate of a former Jane Addams Hull House Association community center in the Uptown neighborhood remains uncertain due to conflicts between members of the Pegasus Players theater company, which currently leases the property, and new building owner Dave Gasman, president of DLG Management

Panel passes zoning changes for Hyde Park tower, new British School of Chicago, Malcolm X College

The city’s zoning committee on Monday approved the rezoning of 1330 East 53rd St. in Hyde Park to allow for the development of Vue 53, a 13-story mixed-use tower that is planned to contain 30,000 square feet of retail space, 267 dwelling units and 218 parking spaces.

Ad signs in historic Logan Square area put on hold

The Chicago City Council Zoning Committee on Wednesday tabled a plan for two outdoor advertisement signs due to concerns the signs undermined the landmark status of Logan Square Boulevard.

Ald. Rey Colon, whose 35th ward includes the northwest side Logan Square neighborhood, asked the matter be deferred in hopes that applicant Visual Cast, Inc. reaches a compromise with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.