$1 Billion Wolf Point Project Meets Opposition

May 31, 2012
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Wolf Point Rendering

Yesterday, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum released the details concerning the $1 billion development for the three tower project located on Wolf Point. The property, located where the Chicago River’s north and south branches meet, sits on 3.9 acres just southwest of the Merchandise Mart.

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a community meeting to release information about the Wolf Point project at a Holiday Inn. However, it was not a clear cut path to victory as many area residents (over 300 citizens attended the meeting) are not pleased with how the Chicago real estate development will potentially affect them.

The Wolf Point project is facing opposition from a group called Friends of Wolf Point who voiced their concerns at the Tuesday meeting. According to their website, Friends of Wolf Point is a not-for-profit, educational organization created by the residents of the Fulton River District and River North communities to ensure that future development of the site is in the best interest of the city and its current and future residents.

Chief among their worries is the increased traffic the new development would bring to an already congested area of the city and the fact that the towers would block the sought-after city views tenants in nearby buildings enjoy.

“A great deal of development has occurred around the site in the last 40 years with little or no infrastructure improvements,” said Ellen Barry , President of Friends of Wolf Point.  ”The neighborhood is no longer a sparsely populated industrial area.  It is bursting at the seems as it’s now home to more than 10,000 residential units, a growing commercial sector, and a vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene.”

“Traffic and safety considerations for a site with such limited access are crucial,” said Reuben Hedlund , attorney for Friends of Wolf Point. “The zoning and planning process cannot be short circuited.  Friends of Wolf Point is requesting that Alderman Reilly require that community residents, first responders and traffic analysts all have input to and approve any proposed plans.”

“This is just the first of what will likely be several meetings about Wolf Point,”  Alderman Reilly said at the meeting. “Making sure that we’re promoting good projects that promote downtown Chicago prosper and grow, while also doing our best to address legitimate quality of life concerns and also infrastructure concerns.”

Stay tuned for the latest development in the Wolf Point saga.

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