Photo Credit: Related Midwest
Well-known developer Related Midwest proposed to turn 62-acres of Chicago riverfront property in Chicago’s South Loop into a campus with multiple amenities. One of the main features of Related Midwest’s proposal is the new red line station, which Related wanted to build on the east corner of 15th and Clark Street. However, Alderman Pat Dowell is not on board with this location. She refuses to support the $300 million-dollar red line development. This proposed 62-acre project has been nicknamed “The 78” would be a 13 million-square-foot development.
Alderman Dowell went on to say, “While I fully support 'The 78' development as a unique and necessary opportunity for growth in the City of Chicago, I cannot support Related Midwest’s proposal to add a new CTA Red Line Station on the east side of 15th St. and Clark St., right in the middle of an established, entirely residential area.”
The plan for the “78” was proposed back in December on the 17th. Related Midwest issued a response stating that it will place the station on the southwest corner of that intersection instead, which is a different ward ran by Alderman Daniel Solis. Dowell states that her answer would be a “hard no” for the station to be placed at the intersection. We’re not sure if her blessings are needed since it will technically be located in a different ward. However, the new location borders her ward too. It is also land that Related Midwest happens to own already.
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