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Edgewater Hospital Redevelopment Makes ‘Significant Progress’

hospital-1The plans for redeveloping the old Edgewater Hospital site has made ‘significant progress’ according to 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor. On February 17, the future developer of the site, MCZ, officially purchased the parcels of land that includes the remaining hospital buildings from the bankruptcy estate.

In addition, MCZ went in front of the Chicago Plan commission today where their redevelopment plans were approved. This includes the restoration of the main hospital building on Ashland and the demolishment of the smaller buildings to the west of it. This will make way for a .89 acre park.

In a letter sent out today by Ald. O’Connor, he said,”These are significant steps forward in the process of redeveloping the area. We are hopeful that MCZ will begin their demolition work this spring. In addition to approval of the plan development, the City (through the Community Development Commission) passed acquisition and disposition authority for the park parcel on November 10, 2015.” 

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 TIF funds for the park development is still in the works.

Ald. O’Connor added,”This was a great first step in the formal process of having a community park. The Chicago Park District has committed to owning and developing the park. Their designers will work on a passive green space that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community.”


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