Community Development Commission

Chicago Community Development Commission
Development

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Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Chicago - IL Documenters Team

Note-taking by Sarah Stark

Morton Salt Warehouse entertainment venue, City Lots for Working Families

Live reporting by Will Reynolds

Morton Salt Warehouse entertainment venue, City Lots for Working Families

Will Reynolds @willinois
Hello. I'm live-tweeting the Community Development Commission of Chicago Department of Planning and Development meeting scheduled for today at 1pm, for #ChiDocumenters @CHIdocumenters

12:58 PM Nov 9, 2021 CST

Will Reynolds @willinois 2/16
@CHIdocumenters This is a remote meeting you can watch here:
livestream.com/accounts/28669…
More committee info and agenda: chicago.gov/city/en/depts/…
Will Reynolds @willinois 3/16
The meeting started on time. Several commissioners did not respond as being present for roll call.

Chair Gwendolyn Hatten Butler nominates commissioner Christopher Wheat to be the new commission secretary and is approved.
Will Reynolds @willinois 4/16
The public can make written comments or ask to speak 24 hours in advance of the meeting. None were submitted.
Will Reynolds @willinois 5/16
The first agenda item is presented by Brian O'Donnell from the Department of Housing. They're proposing selling 7 pieces of land to Prodigy LLC as part of the City Lots for Working Families program.

chicago.gov/city/en/depts/…
Will Reynolds @willinois 6/16
https://t.co/nBRhkxe5Jc
Will Reynolds @willinois 7/16
Chicago Alderman Michael Scott speaks to "give my support to this project. It's something we've been working on for 4 or 5 years." It's part of work to repopulate North Lawndale "where the housing stock has been decimated."
Will Reynolds @willinois 8/16
Scott continues; it's important because they're building two-flats. Owners will get city subsidies to make it more affordable. Thanks the department of housing for their work on this.

Chair Butler is very formal about describing meeting procedure. The motion passes.
Will Reynolds @willinois 9/16
Next agenda item regards "construction of public infrastructure required" for the former Morton Salt area development. This project has been in the news: blockclubchicago.org/2021/09/14/fam…
Will Reynolds @willinois 10/16
https://t.co/6bex0Uck7F
Will Reynolds @willinois 11/16
https://t.co/PG1oN9i8rN
Will Reynolds @willinois 12/16
https://t.co/cOWLfZP9yc
Will Reynolds @willinois 13/16
Solis says, "Ultimately our goal will be to get to this. Known as salt district."
I'd say it's ironically named considering how many local music venues are salty about the project. https://t.co/xI4x9dfEgG
Will Reynolds @willinois 14/16
Chicago Alderman Walter Burnett speaks in favor of the project.
Commissioner Christopher Wheat asks what the overall status of the project is. And what becomes the status of the loan if the project fails.
Will Reynolds @willinois 15/16
Solis responds the city is protected if the project fails.
Tyler Quast from the developer says the project is going ahead, on track to open by summer of next year.

The project is approved without further discussion with all commissioners voting in favor.
Will Reynolds @willinois 16/16
Commissioner Shirley Newsome asks Brian O'Donnell about the first agenda item again. Wants to make sure multiple developers are considered and avoid having too many cookie cutter houses in the same area.

Meeting adjourns. That concludes my tweeting for @CHIdocumenters

Attachments

By Sarah Stark 11/9/2021

Agency Information

Chicago Community Development Commission

chicago.gov

@ChicagoDPD

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The Community Development Commission (CDC) was established by the Chicago City Council in 1992 to assume the duties of the former Commercial District Development Commission and the Department of Urban Renewal. The CDC reviews and recommends action on the provision of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to assist private redevelopment projects; the designation of new TIF districts and Redevelopment Areas; the sale of City-owned property located in TIF districts and Redevelopment Areas; and the appointment of members to Community Conservation Councils.

Video recordings of past meetings are posted by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development on Youtube.

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