Lincoln Yards to get 'robust' resident involvement, Lightfoot says

The mayor argues that she's making good on her promise that big developments in Chicago, including Lincoln Yards and the 78, "will be met with robust and inclusive community engagement processes."

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79彩票注册网址A rendering of the Lincoln Yards development

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After bruising political battles over the use of city funds for private development, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, aldermen and development officials have agreed to launch new community advisory councils to steer construction of Lincoln Yards and the 78.

In separate statements announcing the councils, the mayor said she was delivering on her promise that big development projects "will be met with robust and inclusive community engagement processes."

The 14-member Lincoln Yards advisory council "will ensure this project creates affordable housing, makes 21st-century transit-oriented improvements and connects our City’s residents to shared resources," Mayor Lightfoot said in a release, while the 17-member 78 council will “provide guidance, identify improvements, and maximize economic opportunities for the community and the city at large as design and construction gets underway."

The two projects—valued at a total of $13 billion with a combined 115 acres of planned development—stirred protest and divided votes at the City Council and were a target of the Chicago Teachers Union during its recent strike over the city’s “misplaced priorities” for city spending. Each will benefit from hundreds of millions in tax-increment financing (TIF) revenues for infrastructure investments.

The councils will make "advisory recommendations" on things like public infrastructure design, traffic control and parkland. They are supposed to meet quarterly for at least three years. The city did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how binding those recommendations will be.

79彩票注册网址Volunteers can apply to or . The city is looking for nearby neighbors from Bucktown and Lincoln Park and within the 2nd, 43rd and 32nd wards that touch the 53-acre Lincoln Yards development. Neighbors in Pilsen, Chinatown, University Village, Printers Row, the Prairie District and Roosevelt Square are encouraged to apply for the other. The city is also looking for “experts on City design and investment.”

79彩票注册网址Ald. Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward, a vocal proponent of Lincoln Yards, and the mayor will make the appointments "in consultation with neighboring aldermen and local stakeholders."

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, whose 25th Ward will house the 78 project, opposed the city's subsidy for the development during his aldermanic campaign. That subsidy was approved at the height of scrutiny around his predecessor, former City Council Zoning Chairman Danny Solis.

He'll help choose council members. Today, he said he was glad to see the community advisory council structure he’d been using in his ward grow to "help ensure the community’s voices are heard as construction gets underway."

79彩票注册网址In a release, Sterling Bay CEO Andy Gloor said the company "take(s) this enormous responsibility to heart, and we’re excited to get this collaboration moving forward as we begin our work."

79彩票注册网址Related Midwest President Curt Bailey said they looked "forward to a deeper engagement with stakeholders that identifies the best uses of our approved planned development to meet community needs as we create Chicago’s next great neighborhood together."

Ald. Michele Smith of the 43rd Ward, who had criticized a lack of public park space at Lincoln Yards, said the success or failure of the council depends on who gets picked to serve. She said she was "hopeful" there would be "some genuine input we didn’t get under the prior administration" on "public open space and a lot of issues many other advocates have raised on affordable housing, impact on local businesses . . . there’s a whole array of topics."

79彩票注册网址"This is a new process. So we'll have to see how it plays out," she said.

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