Originally Posted by lawfin
Did anyone on here go to that meeting at Gill Park about the proposal at halsted / grace in lakeview.....just curious?
Yes. The alderman spoke, then the developer, and finally the community organization. The developer unveiled a new design that moved the parking entrance to Halsted just next to the IHOP and broke up the massing of the L-shaped tower into a taller western leg and a shorter northern one. This was done to minimize the impact on views from the Co-op tower on Grace and Halsted. The commercial space on the first floor will be taken up by one large tenant, perhaps a health club.
The community group wants much more parking, fewer units and larger units (many of the planned units are studios and 1BRs). Some spoke out for five stories max, others want the lot to become a park. The crowd applauded the opponents of the project and booed one brave soul who voiced a preference for an even taller tower (to hide the Co-op tower). Many there wore stickers with 818, the address of the proposal, circled and stricken out in the style of a no smoking sign.
Afterwards I met a group of people who were quietly in support of the project. I don't know how many more there are in the neighborhood.
There was pizza.