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Proposed hotel near Wrigley Field done giving in to demanding neighbors! FINALLY!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on October 16, 2009


I’m never a fan of NIMBY’s (Not In My Back Yard).  Personally, I have the mentality of a developer.  I’d rather have what I see as an improvement on current conditions than nothing at all.  I completely understand and am fully aware of the concerns from said neighbors but my opinion remains the same.

Wrigley hotel done shrinking

Planned complex across from ballpark downsized enough, developer says

October 12, 2009

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter fspielman@suntimes.com

Developers of a hotel, retail and residential complex across the street from Wrigley Field are apparently done compromising with area residents concerned about game-day congestion.

After shrinking the project considerably and lowering the height to below the Wrigley roofline, M&R Development has filed a zoning application that includes a 137-room Hyatt hotel, 135 residential units, 147,000 square feet of retail space and a 403-space underground parking garage at Addison and Clark.

“There are certain people in the neighborhood who think it hasn’t come down far enough and other people who are happy with it. There are some people you’re never gonna satisfy,” said managing partner Anthony Rossi.

“It’s probably about as far as we can go in reducing [the project] and still have it make economic sense. We’ve come down quite a bit with the size and mass. The height has been reduced dramatically. … With land and building costs, you can’t very well take a 137-room hotel and make it 50 rooms….”

Check out the full Sun Times article by clicking HERE!

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