Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting. At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase.
Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build 76-story and 45-story residential towers atop a mixed-use podium, Mr Hopkins wants more time to review public input. The $700 million proposal would replace the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral at the corner of State Street and Chicago Avenue.
While a public meeting about the proposal, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architects and Goettsch Partners for JDL Development, saw remarkably little opposition, in a letter to constituents, Hopkins writes that there are concerns about traffic and congestion at the busy corner of the Gold Coast.
I’ve tasked engineers at the City’s Department of Transportation and Chicago Transit Authority, as well as the developer’s traffic engineering team to provide a detailed analysis of the project’s influence on traffic, coupled with solutions to improve conditions in an already congested area.
The developer has given the city a traffic plan which shows loading docks on North Dearborn Street, and two-way vehicular access to the parking garage and valet service from both Dearborn and West Superior Streets.
The alderman says that traffic is already bad at that location, and something should be done to remedy the situation, whether One Chicago Square is built, or not.