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Alderman Puts Recent Edgewater Hospital Delay Blame Mostly On Residents, No Violations Found

The redevelopment of the old Edgewater Medical Center at 5700 N. Ashland has gotten off to a shaky start. But the most recent delay has the 40th Ward Alderman blaming residents phone calls as the main culprit.

Residents who live around the redevelopment of the abandoned hospital have not had the best relationship with MCZ, the developer of the property. With hopes of the demolition to be completed in the Summer of 2017, the plan has been put on hold as some neighbors worry about toxic debris from the construction of the site.

The 40th Ward Alderman, Patrick O’Connor, put out an email over the weekend saying that the project has finally resumed with the exterior demolition expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2019 depending on weather. The land for the new .89 acre park will be handed over to the park district by Jan. 31, 2019 and construction on the remaining building will then commence.

The Alderman also stated in the email that the current delay of almost 300 days is due mostly to a couple residents phone calls to the City of Chicago who were concerned about hazardous debris from the construction. After a review of the development, no violations were found.

“As many of you know, demolition at the former Edgewater Medical Center property has continued after many months of delays,” the Alderman wrote. “This project has had the obvious setbacks and, in fact, it must be noted that the schedule has been delayed for almost 300 days due, in large part, to a couple of residents calling the IEPA and City’s environmental departments alleging toxic or hazardous conditions. While I encourage vigilance in these areas, it is worth noting that there have been no dangerous findings or citations, but the delays have put the project behind the schedule that was expected.”

Once completed, the hospital redevelopment will bring an additional 141 living units to the neighborhood. They will be a mix of studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms. The project will include a 50% green roof, 78 parking spaces and 50 bicycle spots.

The Alderman said he will provide further updates from the developer and the city as they are communicated to his office.


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