Gazette Chicago 03 03 2017 E Edition Page 1

By Eva Hoffman Years after the City approved the project, officials have granted a building permit for the One South Halsted St. tower, also referred to as 727 W. Madison St. While many in the community will welcome new neighbors and new retail, they also are concerned about parking and traffic issues that may result from the new deve- lopment. FitzGerald Associates is design- ing the project with co-developers F&F Realty and Fifield Companies. F&F Realty owns the property along with a partner, an affiliate of Ares Management LP. Workers are preparing the site for construction, with completion expected by fourth quarter 2018 and leasing to begin in early 2019, according to Steve Fifield, chair and CEO of the Fifield Companies. The project will replace the Crowne Plaza hotel's surface parking lot with a 472-foot circular tower and bring 492 new apartments and 10,200 square feet of retail space to the Greektown neighborhood. That part of the plan led neigh- bors to be concerned about a pos- sible lack of parking, and increased traffic as well. The development includes a six-level parking garage with 375 parking spaces, which includes 100 parking spaces dedicated for use by the Crowne Plaza hotel. Addi- tional parking spaces have been An independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago March 3, 2017 FREE Vol. 34, No. 11 New residential, retail coming to Greektown amid worries about parking and congestion Continued on page 6 INSIDE Other highlights: PERRO to explore safety of local drinking water. See page 3. Children of Peace School educators to be honored. See page 8. Resist, engage, and make change happen. See Editorial on page 26. Mercy Hospital undergoes $75 million renovation. See page 29. Mercy Home's March for Kids impacts young lives. See page 31. Queen of Peace School to close its doors; families looking at other viable options. See page 10. Active use for Arrigo Park cause for concern Photo by Troy Heinzeroth ST. ADALBERT'S PENDING SALE PROTESTED-Parishioners and friends of St. Adalbert's Parish protested near Holy Name Cathedral recently, asking the Archdiocese to keep their church open. See page 28. Chicago has many options to rise up in era of Trump By Susan S. Stevens Decades ago, six-acre Victor Arrigo Park contained two baseball dia- monds and was considered an "active" park used for sports and recreation. Then the Chicago Park District turned it into a "passive" park known for its landscaping; some in the community consid- ered it a buffer between public housing to the south and high- er-income homes to the north. The public housing projects are gone, their former locations now Continued on page 14 By Dan Kolen Raids rounded up dozens of Chi- cago's immigrants. The U.S House voted to allow states to completely cut Planned Parenthood funding. President Donald Trump threat- ened to send in federal officials if the violence in Chicago was not fixed. Trump also issued an exec- utive order calling for restricted Muslim travel, causing an uproar at O'Hare in the aftermath. The Trump era has begun, and the impact is being felt throughout Chicagoland-whether it is the ef- fect of policy, or fear about poten- tial federal actions. "We are seeing a lot of anxiety, and people are asking a lot of ques- tions," said Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel, Illinois Coalition for Immi- grant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). "Many people are worried that there will there be another executive order that's going to affect them." Many women are also concern- ed about the rollback in their rights regarding the right to choose, access to contraceptives, child leave, and equal pay for equal work. "Nobody should have the right to tell me whether I should have a child or not," said Sharon Sanders, founder of United for Democracy Now, a coalition of 400 progressive organizations interested in uniting behind common causes. "I think we're in the most dangerous times in my life." Many in the LGBTQ community Continued on page 17

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