In the January 6 CIDNA Land Use Committee meeting, Trammell Crow presented preliminary ideas for a large apartment project on the site of Tryg’s Restaurant. The developer is soliciting community input before it makes a firm proposal for the site. Two ideas so far have been presented by the developer for consideration by CIDNA: (1) an 11-story 130-foot tower with a pocket park to the north by the Midtown Greenway and (2) a 6-story building spread out over most of the the entire site. The density of each proposal would be about the same.
The introductory presentation including issues of zoning, traffic and context are presented here: https://cidnalanduse.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/3118-w-lake-street_tc-presentation-for-cidna_1-6-141.pdf
Perspectives and drawings for the 11-story tower are presented here: https://cidnalanduse.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/3118-w-lake-street_cidna-meeting-1-6-14-12.pdf
Comparison of the 11-story and 6-story structures is presented here: https://cidnalanduse.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/3118-w-lake-street_cidna-meeting-1-6-14_view-comparison5.pdf
There has been a lot of concern about traffic around the proposed project. Traffic counts in the nieghborhood (40,000 cars a day) are some of the highest in the city and state, causing major traffic problems at rush hour. Trammell Crow asserts that their project will not add to the traffic congestion. They have retained a traffic engineer who has provided an study to this effect. Please see a draft of the traffic study here: https://cidnalanduse.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/3118-w-lake-st-tdmp.pdf
The site is zoned C3A, residential/commercial mixed use with a 56-foot height limit. A small southern portion of the site also is in the Shoreland Overlay District, which limits height to 35 feet. The developer is seeking a conditional use permit to exceed these height limits. Factors such as character of the surrounding neighborhood, access to light and air, and shoreland views must be considered to issue such a height exception.
The CIDNA board may consider a position on the project at its February 12 meeting. Please consult this website for forthcoming developer proposals, committee meetings, and project schedules.
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