1,186 Pages Filed For Lincoln Yards Development

Get your Allen wrenches ready — Chicago’s next flat-pack instant neighborhood is getting ready to rise.

Fresh off a string of successes turning Chicago’s meatpacking district into the hottest business and tech hub between Virginia and Denver, Sterling Bay has officially filed plans for its Lincoln Yards megaproject.

Lincoln Yards logo“Plans” is an important word here because this project is so large, it’s been split into two different filings: Lincoln Yards North, and… wait for it… Lincoln Yards South.

You’d think that in a document 1,186 pages long there would be lots and lots of juicy details from which to dish.  But the reality is that we’re still in very early days.  Ninety-six percent of the document is financial disclosure forms and other perfunctory background information.  What remains sets up a framework for future goodies.  But we’re just not that far yet.

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (via Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (via Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)

It makes sense that there aren’t a lot of specifics right now.  The public meetings on this project aren’t even over yet. As noted recently by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, this is merely step two of a process with nine major steps and many many baby steps.

In addition to the general public, special interest groups, and every Tom Dick and Harry looking for their “fair share” of the project, it still needs approval from the alderman, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Plan Commission, Chicago’s zoning commission, the city Planning Department, Chicago City Council, and Aunt Edna’s sewing circle.

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (via Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (via Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)

So with 16 to 25 buildings or more, plus a stadium on the way, expect much more paperwork.  Lawyers are giddy.  Trees are nervous.

And below is the firehose about the project so far:

  • Address: 1663-1699 North Ada Street
  • Address: 2040-2068 North Dominick Street
  • Address: 2033-2077 North Dominick Street
  • Address: 1801-1853 North Elston Avenue
  • Address: 1972-2076 North Kingsbury Street
  • Address: 1953-2047 North Southport Avenue
  • Address: 1624-1698 North Throop Street
  • Address: 1696-1698 North Throop Street
  • Address: 1300-1328 West Concord Place
  • Address: 1301-1349 West Concord Place
  • Address: 1306-1422 West Cortland Street
  • Address: 1301-1511 West Cortland Street
  • Address: 1401-1443 West Dickens Avenue
  • Address: 1400-1430 West McLean Avenue
  • Address: 1401-1427 West McLean Avenue
  • Address: 1301-1405 West Wabansia Street
  • Developer: Fleet Portfolio
  • For realsies: Sterling Bay and JPMorgan Chase
  • Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Net site area:
    • North: 1,265,311 square feet
    • South: 1,033,854 square feet
    • Total: 2,299,165 square feet
  • Floor area ratio:
    • North: 6.5 (3.0 base + 3.5 bonus)
    • South: 4.0 (3.0 base + 1.0 bonus)
  • Zoning: M2-2, M3-3, C2-3, → Waterway Planned Development
  • Maximum number of residences:
    • North: 3,500
    • South: 1,500
    • Total: 5,000
  • Parking:
    • Automobile: Still being worked out.  Depends on the final number of square feet of commercial space and the final number of residences.
    • Bicycles:  Based on the number of automobile spaces (see above).  Basically, one bicycle space for every two residential car parking spaces plus one bicycle space for every ten non-residential car parking spaces.
  • Transportation
    • Street segments to be removed:
      • Portion of North Dominick Street
      • Portion of North Southport Avenue
      • Portions of North Throop Street
      • Portion of West McClean Avenue
      • Portion of West Wabansia Avenue
    • Street segments to be added:
      • Dominick Street extended, becomes a through street
      • New segment of Armitage Avenue from Southport/Kingsbury intersection to the river
      • Missing segment of North Kingsbury Street south of Cortland restored
      • West Concord Place extended from Dominick intersection to the Chicago River
    • Bridges
    • Metra Clybourn station moves south to intersect with 606 extension
    • Three new water taxi stations
  • Riverwalk:
    • Minimum 30-foot-wide landscaped setback from the Chicago River
    • Continuous riverside trail
    • No access gates permitted
    • Signs indicating that the riverwalk is open to the public during regular Park District hours
    • Riverwalk segments must be completed within 24 months of permits being issued for adjacent buildings, except if there’s a “war, riot, insurrection, rebellion, strike, lockout, fire, flood, storm, earthquake, tornado, … or act of God.”
  • Open space (“Public benefit areas”):
    • 606 extension: Yes, please
    • North:
      • Parks: 145,054 square feet
      • Plazas: 99,752 square feet
      • Riverwalk: 74,052 square feet
      • Total: 318,858 square feet
    • South:
      • Parks: 122,404 square feet
      • Plazas: 88,862 square feet
      • Riverwalk: 55,321 square feet
      • Total: 266,587 square feet
    • Total: 585,445 square feet
  • Approximate completion date: 2028

Location: 1401 West Cortland Street, Goose Island

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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