I am writing to invite you to attend a follow-up community meeting to review revisions to a Loyola University proposal to construct a student residence hall adjacent to the current Wright Hall at 6364 N. Sheridan (southeast corner of Sheridan and Kenmore). You will also have an opportunity to review the results of a sun/shadow study of the proposed development and a traffic study on the impact of closing the 6300 block of Kenmore during construction.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 30th, 7:00 p.m., at the Quinlan Life Sciences Building (northwest corner of Sheridan and Kenmore), Room 142 (first floor auditorium).
I hosted the first community meeting on the proposal on June 21st. The proposal calls for the construction of a student residence hall known as the “Center for Sustainable Urban Living.” The building would be attached to the south end of the current Wright Hall building and would reach up to six stories in height. The proposal calls for 213 student dormitory units, a green roof, greenhouse and green courtyard. The 6300 block of Kenmore would be closed during the construction period.
Loyola originally had planned to request a planned development designation for the site, but now has decided to request a zoning change from RM5 to RM6. The zoning change must be approved by the Chicago City Council and the opinion of the local alderman is usually controlling.
Community residents who attended the initial community meeting expressed a number of concerns about the proposed development, including the height of the building, especially at its center portion, and the effect of the sun reflecting off the greenhouse roof into nearby apartments. Some also expressed concerns about the parking and traffic effects of closing the 6300 block of Kenmore during construction.
In response to concerns about building height, Loyola has agreed to eliminate a floor of dormitories in the center portion of the building, which houses the greenhouse. This would have the effect of reducing by seven feet (58′-0″ to 51′-0″) the height of that portion of the building.
Loyola also agreed to my request to commission a study of the effect on nearby apartment units of the sun’s glare on the greenhouse, as well as a study of the shadows cast by the building. Finally, Loyola agreed to commission a traffic and parking impact study on the effect of closing the 6300 block of Kenmore during the construction period.
The results of those studies will be presented at the community meeting. Eric Russell from KLOA will discuss the traffic and parking impact study and a representative from SCB Architects will talk about the sun/shadow study.
A copy of the revised renderings and elevations and the sun/shadow study is attached below:
I urge you to attend the meeting to offer your opinions of the revised proposal and the studies. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to reply to this e-mail with your thoughts and suggestions.