April 21, 2015
Alderman Debra Silverstein (50th Ward) will follow the overwhelming decision of the 50th Ward public to approve a new development and park at the southeast corner of Devon and McCormick. Under the plans, presented to the public at a community meeting on Monday, the long vacant former homes of the Lincoln Village movie theater and carwash will be converted into a self-storage facility. The decaying parking lot will be removed and converted into a greenspace to be maintained by the Chicago Park District.
Alderman Silverstein was joined by the property owner and potential buyer, representatives of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Chicago Park District, and nearly 300 residents of the 50th Ward to discuss a proposed zoning change that would allow the plan to proceed. The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of the development and park.
“The public has made its wishes known,” Alderman Silverstein said. “This vital intersection has been vacant for too long and the people want it developed.”
The property at 6331 N. McCormick Road is currently zoned as RS-2, a residential listing that would not allow for a self-storage facility. Due to the overwhelming public backing for the development and the proposed park, Alderman Silverstein will support Banner Storage Group’s request for a zoning change.
The parking lot, currently owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, will be torn out and converted into a park, which will be leased to the Chicago Park District. The new park will form a vital link in the North Shore Channel Trail, a band of greenspace that follows the channel all the way from Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park to Green Bay Road in Evanston.
“This longstanding eyesore will be transformed into a thriving business and a beautiful park. I look forward to continuing this discussion with the public and helping build the gateway our community deserves,” said Alderman Silverstein.