Gazette Chicago 06 07 2019 E Edition Page 1

By Marie Balice-Ward Earlier this year, Bob O'Neill left the presidency of the Grant Park Advi- sory Council/Grant Park Conser- vancy amid Chicago Park District allegations about improper fund- raising, sales of event permits, and installation of exercise equipment in the park. O'Neill vehemently denies any and all wrongdoing, adding, "I was not raised that way and did not work for Grant Park for the money." He added that he is "incredibly up- set" by the allegations, noting, "I By Nawal Dairi A New-York based developer, Thor Equities, plans to construct an 18-story office building at 800 W. Fulton St. that will stand 300 feet tall. Although the City has approved zoning for the project, community members have raised raise height and traffic concerns. Thor Equities declined to com- ment on the new development. Nearby buildings range from two to four stories, and the devel- opment site is surrounded by four heavily traveled streets: Halsted Street on the east side of the prop- erty, Green Street on the west, Wayman Street on the north, and Fulton Street on the south. Along Fulton and Halsted, the infrastructure's first and sec- ond levels will consist of more than 419,000 square feet of office space and approximately 37,000 square feet of retail space. Both the two-story lobby and front en- trance will face Green Street. Entry to an underground parking garage with 32 spaces and loading docks will be located at Wayman Street. A community organization, Neighbors of West Loop (NoWL), voiced traffic concerns due to the development's location and po- tential impact on residents. "Part of quality of life is being able to move around your By Igor Studenkov Nearly 17 years after the Chicago Housing Authority through Re- lated Midwest began to redevelop the Near West Side's ABLA Homes public housing developments into the Roosevelt Square mixed-in- come development, workers have either demolished or renovated most of the old public housing. Getting replacement housing, however, has been mired in delays, to the surrounding community's frustration. In mid-1990s, the CHA em- barked on the ambitious Plan for Transformation to replace highrise and older low-rise developments with new low-rise, mixed-income developments slated to include a mix of market-rate housing, pub- lic housing, and housing afford- able to tenants earning up 50% of Cook County's Area Median In- come. Housing experts believe mixed-income communities en- courage upward mobility. As Gazette Chicago has report- ed extensively over several years, however, construction progress has gone slowly over the past de- cade. Joe Esposito, president of the Little Italy Chicago Neighbor- hood Association (LICNA), argued this snail's pace has hurt the com- munity, preventing it from reach- ing full potential. On its part, CHA has acknowledged the delays, at- tributing them to struggles with obtaining finances. Although the plan's most recent iteration called for more market-rate hous- ing than originally expected, the June 7, 2019 Vol. 37, No.2 CHICAGO A free, 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 New West Loop office building faces scrutiny Fate of Roosevelt Square development remains uncertain as CHA, Related Midwest drag their heels Continued on page 5 Continued on page 10 INSIDE OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Blood donations needed in area, particularly from African Americans and Hispanics. See page 3. Google expands finance hub, increases employee numbers in the West Loop. See page 12. McKinley Park Council creates area development plan. See page 30. Italian-American community, civic leader Dominic DiFrisco passes away. See page 2. Rev. Scott Donohue of Mercy Home honored by Irish American Hall of Fame. See page 30. UIC's Call Me MISTER program aims to increase gender and racial diversity in the classroom. See page 13. Controversy swirls around GPAC leadership change Continued on page 7 SUMMER IN THE CITY-The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the many attractions to enjoy this summer. This year for the first time, British pilots from the Red Arrows Royal Armed Forces team will perform. See cover- age of great things to do in the summer around Chicago on page 16. Gazette Chicago is happy to provide readers with this handy guide of events that will make summer 2019 memorable for you and your family.

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