I invite you to attend a community meeting to review Loyola University’s proposal to build a three-story athletic practice facility on the university’s campus at the southwest corner of Loyola and Winthrop Avenues.
The meeting will take place Monday, December 11th, 7:00 p.m., at the Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan, in the Sister Jean Schmidt Ballroom on the north end of the second floor. The Damen Student Center (#12 on the Loyola campus map) is located immediately east of the Sheridan Road entrance to Loyola’s campus, across the street from the Loyola CTA Red Line station.
Parking is available for a small charge in the main parking garage at Kenmore and Sheridan (#P1 on the map) and the Fordham parking garage on the east side of Sheridan just south of the CTA viaduct (#P2 on the map). The Damen Center is a short walk north after exiting the main parking garage. From the Fordham garage, you can access the Damen Center by walking north on Sheridan and entering the campus as you pass under the viaduct.
Members of Loyola’s Community Relations staff will be in and around the venue to assist with directions.
The proposed building will provide athletic training facilities for Loyola’s basketball and volleyball teams and allow Loyola to remain competitive with other universities in their conference.
The proposal calls for the building to be constructed on the south side of Loyola Avenue, between Mertz Hall (the high rise student dormitory building) and the jogging track and field.
The driveway/footpath, which currently exists on the site (see photo on left), would be moved to the east side of the new building and the jogging track and field would be shortened (compare aerial views of the current site and the proposed site plan below).
The proposed development would result in no loss of on-street parking.
To view renderings, site plans and elevations of the proposed development, click here.
The proposed development is allowed under the existing zoning, but because it is located within the Lakefront Protection Zone, the proposal requires review under the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and approval by the Chicago Plan Commission. Though the Plan Commission reserves final judgment on any proposal it considers, it takes into account the opinions of the local alderman and neighborhood residents when rendering its decisions.
I encourage you to attend the meeting to learn more about the proposed development and share your views. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to share your opinion by replying to this e-mail.