Originally Posted by the urban politician
^ The real tragedy is that this site is zoned RS-3 to begin with, at least according to Curbed Chicago.
I mean, it's ridiculous that a developer should have to seek a zoning change to build what is appropriate for this site.
The zoning on this site is a bigger mess than that.
Back in the day, 2002, the Western ave frontage was zoned C1-2 and the parcels that face Cortland was zoned R-3. These are consistant with the surrounding area.
Some time before 2004, all the parcels were rezoned R4 to accomodate a condo development. The development fell through and I think only one building got built.
In 2011 the Cortland facing parcels we rezoned back to RS-3, but the ones on Western were left as RT-4.
The developer does want a zoning change to B2-2 which gets him his bump in FAR without actually having to put commercial on the first floor.
His commercial space looks like little more than lipservice stuck on the front of a generic condo building.
A good argument could made for a b*-3 which could get him a 65 ft building, but he probably didn't want to spring for elevators.