Monthly Archives: November 2013

Drastic changes to Sheffield Avenue to come before City Plan Commission on Thursday, November 21

On October 16, 2013, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced into City Council an ordinance to authorize the vacation of Sheffield Avenue City right-of-way and the reduction of the width of Sheffield from 33 feet to 23 feet in order to accommodate recent changes to the proposed Wrigley Field redevelopment.  The changes require that the Planned Development for Wrigley Field be amended.

The proposed amendment to the Wrigley Field Planned Development will go before the Chicago Plan Commission at on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the City Hall 2nd floor Council Chambers.

As a result of this latest Cubs proposal, Sheffield Avenue will be narrowed to a width of 23 feet.  Residential parking will be prohibited along the east side of Sheffield.  Eighty four residential units (this includes both Sheffield and Waveland) will be directly affected by this change.  Our community will lose about 50 residential parking spaces for 365 days a year to benefit the Cubs on 80 plus days a year.  East Lake View Neighbors is concerned as to the resulting impacts to charter bus loading and to fire trucks and other emergency vehicle which now use Sheffield.

The Cubs have yet to present to our community the details of the proposed changes to Sheffield.

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ELVN will be at the Commission meeting to testify in opposition to the changes to Sheffield Avenue.  Join us if you can.

If you wish to advise the Mayor as to your thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Sheffield, send an email to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.

Photos from ELVN’s 2013 Oktoberfest

Thanks to all of you, East Lake View Neighbors’ 2013 Oktoberfest was a great success!

Check out some photos below, and find more on ELVN’s Facebook page.

 

ELVN celebrates Oktoberfest 2013

More Sheffield Ave. updates and CAPS meeting reminder

The vacation of Sheffield Avenue had been scheduled as an agenda item for the Wednesday, November 6th meeting of the City Council Committee on Traffic and Public Way.  ELVN was advised that the Sheffield Avenue vacation was removed as an agenda item. We will advise you when it is rescheduled.

The changes to the right field wall also need to be reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Commission (312.744.3200 – landmarks@cityofchicago.org).

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ next regular meeting is on Thursday, November, 2013, at 12:45pm in City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in Room 201-A.

The Wrigley Field expansion is confirmed to be an agenda item. The discussion will include the recent changes to the Wrigley Field master plan. ELVN will be represented at the Landmarks Commission meeting.

Also, be reminded that the CAPS meeting for the ELVN area is tonight, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7pm in the 19th District Community Room.

Lastly, check out this DNAinfo.com Chicago article: Lakeview District Lost More Than 100 Cops, New Petition Demands More Police

Ordinance for drastic changes to Sheffield Ave to come before City Council committee on Wednesday, November 6

On October 16, 2013, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced into City Council an ordinance to authorize the vacation of City right-of-way on Sheffield Avenue in order to accommodate the further expansion of Wrigley Field.

This latest Cubs proposal calls for an additional extension of the right field wall further east into the Sheffield Avenue public right-of-way.  Sheffield Avenue will be narrowed to a width of 23 feet.  Residential parking will be prohibited along the east side of Sheffield.  Our community (including spaces lost on Waveland) will lose over 50 residential parking spaces for 365 days a year to benefit the Cubs on 80 plus days a year.  East Lake View Neighbors is concerned as to the resulting impacts to charter bus loading and to fire trucks and other emergency vehicle which now use Sheffield.

The picture shown below is a view looking north along Sheffield Avenue of the proposed design.

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East Lake View Neighbors opposes the changes to Sheffield Avenue and has so advised the Chicago Cubs and the Office of the Mayor.

The ordinance will go before the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way at 10 AM on Wednesday November 6th in Room 201A City Hall.  There will be an opportunity to testify before the Committee as to community concerns regarding the changes to Sheffield.  East Lake View Neighbors will be represented at the Committee meeting.

If you wish to advise the Mayor as to your thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Sheffield, send an email to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.