I am writing to invite you to attend a community meeting to discuss and review a proposal to construct a parking structure at 7317-31 N. Sheridan (the southeast corner of Sheridan and Sherwin). The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00 p.m., at the Lake Shore Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre, 7200 N. Sheridan (at Touhy).
Representatives from Rogers Park Solutions, LLC, will be on hand to present their proposal for a four-story parking structure that would accommodate 250 cars. The parking structure would be built on the east side of Sheridan Road on three parcels of land.
The parcels currently include a surface parking lot located just north of the building at 7301 N. Sheridan, a vacant lot on which pumpkins and Christmas trees are sold, and a two-story building that currently houses the Shambhala Meditation Center. The Meditation Center sold the building and is moving to more spacious quarters in the West Loop neighborhood. The building would be demolished under the proposal.
The proposed parking structure would be clad in recycled channel glass and face brick. The top level of the parking structure would feature planters around the perimeter. The proposed project would contain approximately 2,400 square feet of green space at ground level and an additional 725 square feet of greenery would be provided on the roof deck in planters along the Sheridan and Sherwin facades.
The entrance to and exit from the parking structure would be off of Sherwin Avenue.
Of the facility’s 250 parking spaces, 166 would be reserved for residents of Farcroft by the Lake, a 12-story building at 1337 W. Fargo, which the developer is renovating and for guests attending events at the Emil Bach House, a Frank Lloyd Wright home at 7415 N. Sheridan, which the developer is also renovating. The remaining 84 spaces would be set aside for exclusively for neighborhood residents.
Though the development team is reserving 166 parking spaces, they don’t anticipate they will need all 166 spaces all the time, and when those spaces are not in use, they will open them up to the general public. The developer estimates that approximately 65 spaces would be leased by residents of the Farcroft, and events at the Emil Bach House will occur only intermittently. Thus, on most occasions, as many as 185 parking spaces would be available for community residents, especially in the overnight hours when parking is at a premium.
Monthly parking rents would be $130 a month for Farcroft residents and $150 a month for the general public. Hourly parking also would be available to the public at the following rates:
- 30 minutes — $1.00
- 30-60 minutes — $2.00
- Two hours — $4.00
- Three hours — $6.00
- Daily Maximum — $8.00
- Overnight parking — $4.00
The lots are currently zoned RT-4. The parking structure requires a zoning change to a B1-5 classification. Additionally, the proposed development requires a zoning variation to allow for a front yard of 5.34 feet, instead of the required 15-foot front yard. The development also requires a zoning variation to allow for a one-foot rear yard for approximately 20 feet of the 200-foot rear property line, instead of the required five-foot rear yard.
For copies of the site plans, elevations and renderings, click on the attachment below:
You may also view the renderings by clicking here or scrolling to the bottom of this email:
The developers met on three separate occasions with the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee, a committee of neighborhood residents and representatives of the major community organizations who advise me on all zoning and land use matters. Based on input from the meetings, the developers modified the first floor and southern facade of the building. Below is a rendering of the modified design:
I urge you to attend the meeting to learn more about the proposal and express your views. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to share your comments with me by replying to this email. Similarly, if you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email or call my staff assistant, Michael Land, at 773-338-5796.
Perspective from the northwest looking southeast–daytime
Perspective from the northwest looking southeast–evening
Perspective from the west looking east–Sherwin sidewalk
Perspective from the north looking south–Sheridan sidewalk
Building profile as seen from the lakefront at Sherwin beach