City Council Accepted Mixed-use Development at 11111 Jefferson Boulevard

The city council of Chicago has recently accepted a mixed-use development permit for an apartment complex close to downtown Charlottesville on Wednesday despite disapproval from many who believe that the venture is out of scale with the nearby area.

The councilor Kristin Szakos said it is within a short walk of downtown where our all-inclusive plan pictures more town and pedestrian-oriented development. Kristin is tied up with Mike Signer and Wes Bellamy in supporting the venture.

Kristin also said that we have to decide as a community whether we want people residing in the town where they can walk to work, instead, if we need them to live in nearby provinces.

Vote from Galvin and Bob

A couple of votes were given by the councilors of the city council to grant a mixed-use permit to the Jefferson Medical Building Limited Partnership for constructing up to 126 units on land that is around 1.46 acre at 1011 E Jefferson Street.

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City Council

On this street, there is already a two-story medical office. But, developers accepted a condition requiring that residential units will be reduced in quantity for each 1500 sq. ft. of commercial space constructed. Both Kathy Galvin and Bob Fenwick voted against the permit. Bob did so due to neighborhood issues.

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Bob even said that they are very much worried that one development and one mixed-use permit on a similar block will multiply the compactness of the existing zoning. Chuck Rotgin said that constant interaction with the workforce and the neighbors have resulted in a much-improved design, massing, and pedestrian-oriented suggestion.

East Jefferson Place would be a multiple-story building. It would be 3 stories above 11th St. and 5 stories above 10th St. One more shift made in June submission was to allot 10000 sq. ft. for commercial purposes. That would simply signify a decrease in the number of housing units in the structure. There was one more concession which was to restrict the apartments to one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

With no permit, the partnership could form a very big building, said Rogin. Most speakers at the public hearing invited for the permit to be rejected because of the added residential density. George Gilliam, ex-city councilor, stated that the area feels that it is too dense and too many individuals are being included.

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Gilliam was also a resident of the Randolph building at 210 10th St. NE. It is only a block away from 1011 E. Jefferson Street. A minimum of three speakers, too, were residents of the Rudolph. A lot of adjacent neighbors requested for the appeal to be denied.

Not every speaker who was there at the public hearing was against the venture. There was a person who said not giving the permit would only cause the middle class to search for places to reside in low-class areas.

Luke Juday

Luke Juday, who was also a resident of Rose Hill Drive, said that the community comprises the numerous folks who want to live downtown; however, they cannot as current inhabitants possess the land hostage.

Wes Bellamy

Wes Bellamy took the matter with both Heinecke and Campbell’s comment. Last August, Bellamy purchased his first property but rented it while he first shifted to the community in 2009. He, too, said that children who may end up in those four units might have their lives changed by living in a mixed-use community.

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The objective is to construct the four units as a piece of East Jefferson Place. However, that might be impossible, said Rogin. Instead of investing in the fund, he said the units could be made obtainable at Tarleton Square that GMC handles. She couldn’t back the permit as she thinks that it disrupts the complete plan, said Galvin. Galvin also said this is a rare case, my colleagues, where our property management guidelines outline and draw proper uses and form in a transition area.

Rogin’s approval

Rotgin accepted for reducing the number of possible units for every 1500 sq. ft of commercial space constructed in the end. Moreover, he agreed to keep up to 15000 sq. ft for commercial space that would lessen the possible build-out to 116 units. 

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