It looks like we’re going to get some planning for future Milwaukee Avenue development roughly between Sacramento and Dawson, which of course includes the Logan Boulevard to Diversey Avenue stretch.
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is planning to lead a Corridor Development Initiative (and see video below) that will give residents an opportunity to influence the type of development they would like to see.
The planning initiative itself is still in the planning stages, but is expected to begin in July with the first of a series of three community meetings to discuss existing conditions, some development principles, and to hear the hopes and concerns of the community.
Two to three weeks later a second meeting will respond to those hopes and concerns with some hypothetical examples of development. This meeting will be a hands on exercise of experimenting with different combinations of retail and housing units with instant feedback on the implications of desired development.
Some development implications that might be considered: Will it block a view? Will it strengthen a street wall? How can good design improve it? Is it financially feasible? And importantly, what tradeoffs might be necessary to achieve the development desired by the community?
At a third and final meeting, a panel of developers responds to the hypothetical desired development and how it fits in the context of current economic conditions and real estate trends, and a community consensus is sought on development recommendations.
Those recommendations then will become a report that can be shared with developers to give them a sense of what the community is looking for. The premise is that contrary to the typical development scenario where the developer proposes a development in a vacuum, now the community can guide development proposals based on a sound planning process.
Dates for the Logan Square Corridor Development Initiative and the hypothetical development sites have not yet been finalized, but stay tuned.
Last summer, MPC conducted a similar Lawndale Corridor Development Initiative. The report offers some insight on the process and the types of issues that may be discussed here in Logan Square.