Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 10

  • New Active Trans Survey Asks a Great Question: Where Do You Actually Want Bike Lanes?
  • 2 Years After Bobby Cann‘s Death, Still No Trial Date (Reader)
  • Woman Who Was Fatally Struck 6 Weeks Ago in Chatham Identified by Relatives (Sun-Times)
  • 405-Unit Tower With 1:1 Parking Ratio Going in a 4-Minute Walk From Red Line (DNA)
  • Schmich: The Riverwalk Extension Is Worth the Price Tag (Tribune)
  • Park District, Police Discuss Security Strategy for the Bloomingdale Trail (DNA)
  • Who Showed Up for The Bloomingdale Trail’s Fancy Pre-Opening Gala? (TribuneCrain’s)
  • Uber Is Launching Its Drive to Recruit More Female Drivers in Chicago (RedEye)
  • Meeting on Glenwood Greenway Tonight a5 6:30 at Edgewater Baptist Church (DNA)
  • City Releases Schedule for Bike Chicago Festival, June 12-19

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  • JacobEPeters

    Regarding the Atrium Village project, front loading the building of parking on site could allow zero additional parking spaces to be built on the property in the future phases in conjunction with the building of a new Division Brown/Purple line station. Wishful thinking maybe, but I am looking at this garage in the first phase as a location to meet the parking demand that will be tested during the later phases of the development. It could be a case study to prove that 1:1 parking ratios are unwarranted, & then adjusting future phases accordingly.

  • Roland Solinski

    Exactly. The approved PD calls for a roughly 0.7:1 parking ratio for Atrium Village as a whole, so less than 1:1.

    This first phase contains slightly more than the overall parking ratio, so future phases will need to have less than the overall ratio.

    We also don’t know how the parking will be allocated. If the parking spaces are opt-in, and cost additional money on top of base rent, then many tenants in the building may choose to go without, since they are living in a transit-rich neighborhood (especially if/when the Brown Line station is built). Then the excess parking is the developer’s problem, and not the neighborhood’s.

  • Roland Solinski

    Also worth noting that the developer (Onni Group) has extensive experience with TOD projects in Vancouver and Toronto. If they’re building these parking spaces, it may be because they don’t think a reduction in required parking would be tolerated by neighborhood groups and the alderman. Politics trumps all, unfortunately.

  • A bike lane on Illinois between Columbus and McClurg would be awesome.