The proposed 250-car Lakefront Car Tower is antithetical to the values of the community, poses serious safety risks, and is in conflict with the “Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance”.
- Alderman Joe Moore
- Michael Land
You must deny the requested zoning changes for the property at 7317-31 N. Sheridan Road. This proposed Lakefront Car Tower is antithetical to the values of the community. It poses a serious safety risk to persons in the area, whether on foot, bicycle or driving. It significantly adds to the air, noise, water and light pollution of the lakefront. The enormous size and use is not appropriate in a residentially-zoned setting with many pedestrians.
Moreover, in conflict with the “Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance”, the construction of the Lakefront Car Tower does not serve the aesthetic and historical interests of Sheridan Road, nor does it serve the environmental value of the Lakefront (CLPO §16-4-020). This proposal also contradicts sustainable transportation improvements in the ward such as bike lanes, updated transit facilities, safer street crossings and building setbacks with green space for pedestrians, all of which make the neighborhood a healthier, nicer place to be. Promoting additional automobile usage by constructing a massive car tower on the lakefront runs counter to these community investments and counter to the directives of the Lakefront Protection Ordinance.
This tower would also set a dangerous precedent for future development. I urge you to deny the request for the zoning changes for the proposed Lakefront Car Tower at 7317-31 N. Sheridan Road, a development that does not reflect the values of the community.
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