Originally Posted by Mikemak27
The people who are going to do everything they can to stop the Wolf Point project, "Friends of Wolf Point" has a website. http://friendsofwolfpoint.com/
Feel free to bombard them with comments on how this city needs to build dense, vibrant communities in the second largest business district in the country. In reality, they are just opposing anything that ruins their views and makes it harder to drive their Mercedes and BMW's around.
I will certainly be going to the meeting Alderman Reilly is hosting May 29th at 5:30 P.M in the Holiday Inn at 350 West Mart Center Drive (Wolf Point Ballroom). I will remind him that I vote in EVERY election and his opponent will be receiving my vote if he stops or significantly downsizes an acceptable project at this location.
That website says nothing about opposing the project - they advocate for a park and/or museum, but never claim that the towers are inappropriate. It's easy to assume the worst about community groups, but SOAR has maintained an open mind with regard to density, and advocates for stronger design and better integration with surroundings. River North would seem to be a similar situation, since it's already flooded with skyscrapers - that ship has sailed.
For all we know, Pelli's already anticipated these criticisms and is planning a significant open space to surround the towers. I also had the idea of a pedestrian bridge over to Canal Street to better tie the project to the Metra stations, which is one possible solution to the traffic problems. The Mart also needs to make their drive into a real, bi-directional city street instead of the massive dropoff zone it is now.
Honestly, I think Hines should
do a traffic study. For NIMBY groups, it's a common delaying tactic, but it might push Hines and Pelli to build some much-needed infrastructure along with their towers.