Some residents of Rogers Park plan a Sunday afternoon rally and march to protest the planned construction of a parking garage at Sheridan Road and Sherwin Avenue.
The controversial garage at 7331 N. Sheridan Road recently received the blessing of 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore, and is scheduled for a Sept. 20 hearing before the Chicago Zoning Board fo Appeals.
Some Rogers Park residents oppose the construction of the multi-story parking garage near Lake Michigan.
Here are the details of the march and rally from a grassroots neighborhood group called Stop the Lakefront Car Tower:
Rogers Park residents will march and rally Sunday afternoon against a proposed parking garage planned for construction at the corner of Sheridan Road and Sherwin Avenue. The rally will begin at 1 p.m. at the corner of Touhy Avenue and Sheridan Road.
Organized by a group of neighbors concerned about the negative impact of the project on pedestrian safety, noise, pollution and the residential character of the area, the march will start at Loyola Park at Touhy and proceed up Sheridan Road past the mansion at 7331 N. Sheridan Road, currently occupied by the Shambhala Meditation Center.
Colonel J. N. Pritzker, through Tawani Development Corporation, purchased the property and plans to demolish the historic structure.
The four-story parking garage required a zoning change and, despite receiving over 400 petition signatures opposing the change, Alderman Joe Moore recently approved the project.
The issue will come before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 20, which will consider, among other criteria, whether the proposal is
compatible with the character of the surrounding area in terms of site planning, building scale and project design; will not have a significant adverse impact on the general welfare of the neighborhood; and is designed to promote pedestrian safety and comfort.
Rogers Park residents have a history of fiercely protecting their lakefront, its beaches and the architectural integrity of Sheridan Road, resisting any attempts to extend Lake Shore Drive through unsightly landfills or creating a high-rise canyon down Sheridan Road similar to what was foisted upon the Edgewater community immediately to the South.
Sheridan Road in Rogers Park has retained a low-rise, residential character because of those efforts over the past 50 years. This parking garage proposal is yet another attempt to change Sheridan Road and threaten its low-rise, residential character.