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ULI Technical Assistance Panel Report

In 2005, in conjunction with Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th Ward), the Edgewater Development Corporation, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, ADC asked the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago and Campaign for Sensible Growth to organize a panel of experts to make recommendations on how to guide development along two sections of Clark Street, one in Andersonville and one in Edgewater.

A two-day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) convened on Sept. 14 and 15, brought together developers, financiers, architects, lawyers, planners, and consultants to consider the challenges and possible solutions. The TAP members reviewed detailed briefing books; interviewed area officials, residents and business owners; toured the neighborhood by bus and extensively on foot; and debated the possible approaches before developing a presentation delivered on Sept. 15. In summary, suggestions for Clark Street in Andersonville included:
  • Expansion and preservation of the mix of shops to retain the area’s character,
  • Development of parking solutions that include management strategies that can reduce the traffic of cars circling the area looking for a space to park and that consider taking the current low cost of on-street parking “to market” that would allow for additional street meter revenue to be dedicated to the local area,
  • Historic preservation of the area’s decades-old structures,
  • Filling street wall gaps and addressing the area near Jewel which offers a potential site for include a public gathering space and a retail anchor that would enhance the retail mix,
  • Creating greater continuity south of Foster by bridging street wall gaps like the SBC switching station and finding anchors to support a broader retail mix.
Click here to download a copy of the complete TAP report.



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