Friday, January 3, 2020

Mayor Lightfoot Announces The 78 Community Advisory Council to Aide in Direction of Development

Rendering of The 78 Development South of Roosevelt
The 78 has garnered a ton of interest from neighbors and we've done a ton of posts on the topic.  One of the main challenges from the community on this project (and other massive ones) is that neighborhood input is often times not addressed.  

With that said, it sounds like the Mayor Lightfoot is putting some formality into place to help address this perception (via Curbed Chicago):
Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of two community advisory councils that will work the developers and local aldermen representing each project. The groups will be made up of neighborhood volunteers, community leaders, design professionals, and subject-matter experts. Suggestions will be made on an “advisory basis” and implemented into the projects “where possible,” according to a statement from Lightfoot’s office.

The advisory groups are focused on the Lincoln Yards project in Lincoln Park and our 78 project in the Sloop.  For the 78 development, the post says:
Meanwhile, The 78 Community Advisory Council will have 17 members and will collaborate with developer Related Midwest on its 62-acre, 13 million-square-foot Near South Side project. The transformative $7 billion development includes a university-affiliated innovation center and 12 acres of open space, and the plan is expected to take 20 years to complete. A Wells-Wentworth road extension is already under construction at The 78 and the site’s planned Red Line subway station recently won the approval of the Chicago Plan Commission.
The two CAC groups will convene quarterly, beginning in early 2020. Community volunteers interested in joining the Lincoln Yards Community Advisory Council and The 78 Community Advisory Council can submit an online application to the city.
It's a highly important development for the future of the neighborhood, so here is your chance to make a difference.

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