Massive Residential Development Revealed in Chicago's Near North Side

New details have emerged on a project the Chicago Tribune is calling this one of Chicago's most ambitious development proposals in decades.

November 1, 2020, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Moody Bible Institute

The site of a massive development proposed by JDL Development is roughly bound by CTA elevated train tracks and Oak, Chestnut, and Wells streets in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago. | Google Streetview

"A Chicago developer wants to build 2,680 residential units on the Near North Side, one of the most ambitious proposals in the city in decades," reports Ryan Ori.

The developer, JDL Development, is proposing three towers, rising 587, 512 and 500 feet tall, on 8.1 acres that are currently owned by the Moody Bible Institute.

"The Tribune in February reported JDL had struck a deal to buy the land from Moody, contingent on winning zoning approval. In September, the Tribune reported JDL was expected to seek approval for thousands of residential units, but Letchinger declined to reveal the exact scope of the project at the time," according to Ori.

"The project would include rental apartments, condos and low-rise residences such as town homes. The project will create 236 affordable units on-site and 110 off-site," according to Ori, in addition to 30,000 square feet of retail space and 1.3 acres of open space.

The project will begin public meetings in November. The source article also includes a comparison to other large development residential projects entitled or completed in Chicago recently. For those keeping track of planning history, the location is just to the east of the former location of the Chicago Housing Authority's Cabrini Green public housing complex.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Chicago Tribune

Chicago Commute

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think

Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.

May 13, 2022 - Reason

LAX Cars

Car Noise Is Killing Us

It’s not just traffic collisions that kill—a new study from researcher at Rutgers finds that the loud noises emanating from cars has direct impact on heart health in Americans.

May 6, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

State Capital of Utah

Affordable Housing Proposal Faces Backlash in Salt Lake City

A public hearing last week revealed widespread opposition to a plan to loosen density and height limits and reduce parking requirements to encourage more developers to build affordable housing.

32 minutes ago - The Salt Lake Tribune

Two people on a bike trail with downtown Houston in the background

Houston Bike Summit Makes In-Person Return

The event will focus on improving bike safety and continuing maintenance on the city's growing network of bike lanes and trails.

1 hour ago - Houston Public Media

Austin Bus

Austin’s Transit CEO Moving to D.C.

After overseeing a major system redesign and plans for its largest-ever expansion, the head of Capital Metro will take over Washington, D.C.’s transit agency.

2 hours ago - KUT

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.