Breaking news in Lincoln Square:
Bowing to pressure following a community protest and the Sun-Times coverage of his redevelopment plans for the Lincoln Square business district, Alderman Gene Schulter (47th Ward) pulled an ordinance that would have allowed the city to use its eminent domain powers to gobble up the 4800 block of Western.
Schulter's office sent out this statement"
“Today, I met with representatives from a number of businesses on the
4800 block on N. Western Avenue to further address concerns regarding
implementing acquisition authority. As I have stated from the
beginning, this is going to be a collaborative process. Language is now
being changed in the ordinance to assure many of the property owners and
other stakeholders that we are in this process together. Under the new
language, the City of Chicago states any acquisition north of 4807 N.
Western Avenue will occur only on a volunteer basis, where the terms of
purchase are mutually acceptable. The City will not seek to acquire any
such properties by condemnation.
The City will also make every effort to achieve a mutual agreement with
the owners of the Walgreens building. However, the City will reserve
the right to acquire this property involuntarily if necessary.
Previously, I asked the City Council to defer voting on this issue at
the City Council meeting on November 13, 2007 to give us more time to
review the language. In consideration of the new changes, the matter
will once again not go before the full City Council on Wednesday,
December 12, 2007, but will return to committee for review.
I would like to also take this opportunity to thank the many residents
of the 47th Ward who have called, written, and emailed their thoughts
and views on this issue to my office expressing both support and
concerns. I hope that we continue to work together as a community to
move forward in achieving our shared goals for Lincoln Square.”
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