I invite you to attend a community meeting to review a proposals to build a six-story 145 room Hampton Inn at the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and Albion Avenue.
The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00 p.m., at the Bremner Lounge in Centennial Forum, 1225 W. Loyola (at Sheridan).
Loyola University is partnering with Atira Hotels, LLC, to construct a six-story hotel with 145 hotel rooms and five storefronts containing nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space. Loyola will control the land and the retail. The hotel will offer only lodging rooms with no restaurant or meeting halls.
The proposal calls for the demolition of the vacant building that once housed Carmen’s Pizza, and the redevelopment of that lot and the two vacant lots to the north.
Parking for the hotel will be located at the parking lot serving the Morgan, located one block south of the proposed hotel. The hotel has signed a letter of intent with the operator of the parking lot, which is currently underutilized.
The proposal also calls for changing the portion of Albion between Sheridan Road and the alley immediately west of Sheridan from one-way to two-way. A bump-out would be installed on Albion at the northwest corner of the alley to prevent west bound traffic from traveling further down the block. The two-way bike path will remain. The proposed directional change on Albion has been reviewed and approved by the City of Chicago Department of Transportation.
View renderings of the proposed development and a site plan.
The proposed development is allowed under the existing zoning, but because it falls within the Lakefront Protection Zone, review under the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and approval by the Chicago Plan Commission is required. The developer must also apply to the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals for a special use permit to allow for the accessory off-site parking. Finally, changing the portion of Albion to two-way requires approval of the City Council.
The Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the opinion of the alderman and the surrounding community when making their decision. I encourage you to attend the meeting to share your views and concerns. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to share your concerns by replying to this e-mail.