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Excerpts from Clark Montrose Redevelopment Plan

The plan was dated March 1999

Summary of Project Area Eligibility

The conclusion of the consultant team is that the number, degree, and distribution of Conservation Area eligibility factors as documented in this report warrant the designation of the Study Area as a Conservation Area as set forth in the Act. Specifically:

  • The buildings in the Study Area meet the statutory criteria for age; 131 (87.3%) of the buildings in the Study Area are at least 35 years old.
  • Of the 14 eligibility factors for a conservation area set forth in the Act, 6 are present to a major extent and 3 are present to a minor extent. Only 3 are necessary for designation as a conservation area.
  • The conservation area eligibility factors which are present are reasonably distributed throughout the Study Area.
  • The Study Area is not yet a blighted area, but because of the factors described in this report, the Study Area may become a blighted area.

The eligibility findings indicate that the Study Area contains factors that qualify it as a Conservation Area in need of revitalization, and that designation as a redevelopment project area will contribute to the long-tern well-being of the City.

Redevelopment Plan Goals and Objectives

In order to facilitate new private investment in the Redevelopment Project Area (RPA) in a planned manner, the establishment of goals is necessary. The following goals are meant to guide the development and/or the review of all future projects that will be undertaken in the RPA. To achieve the general goals of this Plan, the following redevelopment objectives have been established.

Goal 1 Improve the quality of life in Chicago by enhancing the local tax base through the improvement of the RPA's economic vitality.

Objectives Reduce or eliminate those conditions that qualify the RPA as a Conservation Area.

Create a physical environment that is conducive for commercial and mixed uses.

Goal 2 Encourage sound community and economic development in the RPA.

Objectives Encourage private investment, through incentives, and commercial revitalization.

Promote the RPA's amenities, in particular its proximity to surrounding residential communities, to encourage revitalized commercial development.

Goal 3 Create an environment within the RPA that will contribute to the health, safety and general welfare of the City, and preserve or enhance the value of properties in the area.

Objectives Provide public infrastructure improvements where necessary. Replace and repair sidewalks, curbs and alleys throughout the RPA where needed.

Create streetscaping amenities that are attractive for the area businesses.

Goal 4 Strengthen the economic well-being of the RPA and the City through real estate values and the local tax base.

Objective Facilitate the rehabilitation of properties for commercial uses.

Goal 5 Encourage the participation of minorities and women in the redevelopment process of the RPA.

Goal 6 Create and preserve job opportunities in the RPA.

Objective Work with existing businesses in the RPA to address their job training needs.

Goal 7 Create an environment for educational, parks and other institutional facilities to serve the surrounding community.

Objective Provide enhancement opportunities for existing schools and new and existing parks or additional green space in the RPA.

Goal 8 Develop a link between the RPA and its surrounding residential communities.

Objective Promote the desirability of the existing businesses of the RPA.

Goal 9 Preserve distinct and historic characteristics of the district.

Objectives Encourage rehabilitation and renovation of existing structures that accounts for their historic nature, such as parallel lot line to street contexts.

Encourage the development of new community minded businesses that complement those of existing businesses and buildings.

Goal 10 Address parking and traffic-related concerns in the RPA.

Objectives Investigate traffic congestion along Clark Street while recognizing the limited availability of commercial and residential parking and the value of street traffic to retail sales.

Specifically, examine the lack of loading/unloading areas for wholesale businesses.

Enhance the pedestrian use of the RPA.

Goal 11 Encourage investment in properties in which commercial and/or residential rental rates or purchase prices are maintained at affordable levels.

Design Objectives

Although overall goals and redevelopment objectives are important in the process of redeveloping such an area, the inclusion of design guidelines is necessary to ensure that redevelopment activities result in an attractive environment. The following design objectives give a generalized and directive approach to the development of specific redevelopment projects.

  • Develop a safe and functional traffic circulation pattern, adequate ingress and egress, and capacity in the RPA.
  • Encourage high standards of building rehabilitation, including façade restoration, storefront merchandising, awning and entryways, and streetscape design to ensure the high quality appearance of buildings, rights-of-way and open spaces.
  • Encourage infill development which maintains and preserves existing street patterns, setbacks, heights, and architectural styles.
  • Encourage a variety of streetscape amenities, which include such items as sidewalk planters, flower boxes, plazas, a variety of tree species and wrought-iron fences where appropriate.

Estimated Redevelopment Project Costs

$500,000 Assemblage of Sites
$500,000 Site Preparation
$7,000,000 Construction of Public Works or Improvements
($2,500,000 public right-of-way)
($2,500,000 public parks)
($2,000,000 schools)
$50,000 Relocation
$11,000,000 Rehabilitation costs of public or private buildings and fixtures
$150,000 Job training
$1,350,000 Interest costs
$400,000 Professional services:
studies, surveys, plans & specifications, administrative costs relating to redevelopment plan, architectural, engineering, legal, marketing, financial planning or other services
$20,950,000 Total Redevelopment Costs

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