After discussion, the Board voted not to weigh in on behalf of the Association and owners. However, they passed a resolution asking the owners be encouraged independently to reach out to the Alderman with their opinions.
Below is the information we received regarding the project from Greystar.
There are many ways you can weigh in. You can stop by the Alderman’s Office, give them a call, or e-mail. The Management Office gets the best response in person and via e-mail:
48th Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway St., Chicago, Illinois 60640
phone: (773) 784-5277
fax: (773) 784-6630
Ward Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday-Friday
*The Ward Office is open on evenings by appointment only.
(For more information, you can also visit the Alderman’s website at www.48thward.org.)
In coordination with the Alderman’s Office, we will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday October 26th, at 6:30pm in the 2nd Floor Party Room, with Greystar Development (www.greaystar.com). All residents and Unit Owners are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Greystar is proposing the construction of an 18 story apartment building on the lot that was formally planned for the Bluewater development. At the meeting, Greystar will discuss the building being proposed, their plans and possible timeline for construction, and answer questions.
Previously, the Board had scheduled a Board Meeting for October 26th. That has been cancelled and instead, the Town Hall Meeting to discuss this development will take place. Following is more detailed information about the proposal we received through ASCO.
OVERTURE EDGEWATER BEACH (“OVERTURE”)
Overture will be an active-adult, age-restricted (55 years or older) rental community; an amenity-driven project for active, independent seniors, not assisted living or continuing care. Edgewater meets the criteria for active-adult in terms of access to the lake, parks, shopping, dining, public transportation and demographics.
Over 14,000 square feet of exterior amenity space on the 4th level will include a pool, deck, and green roof. Over 9,000 square feet of interior amenity space will include meeting rooms, exercise space, and other amenities to be determined. The lobby, salon, leasing/management office, concierge services and drop-off drive will be on the ground level. Secure bike storage will be in the lower level. Local and express bus service is located just outside Overture’s main entrance on the corner of Catalpa and Sheridan. Both the Bryn Mawr and Berwyn “L” stops are within easy walking distance.
Overture will consist of 186 apartments; one bedroom ( 46%), one bedroom + den (15%) and two bedroom (39%) units ranging in size from 791to1,218 square feet. Condo-level finishes will include stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, upgraded cabinetry and hardwood-style flooring. Recessed balconies will be included in the majority of the apartments.
190 indoor, heated parking spaces (over 1:1 ratio) will be available for the residents. 60 additional indoor parking spaces are designated for the 5445 North Sheridan Condo Association (who own the project’s lot on Sheridan and Catalpa). Indoor Parking is accessed only from Catalpa and Sheridan. 17 additional parking spaces are along the alley and can be utilized for visitor parking. 2 more alley spaces are dedicated for car-sharing programs.
Designed by local, award-winning architects, Pappageorge Haymes (P /H), Overture will utilize rich building materials such as brick, glass, steel and other elements to define the exterior design and emphasize the project’s residential appeal. P /H has paid close attention to how the building relates to the other adjacent buildings; recessed balconies on all four elevations to provide visual interest; the all-glass component on the northeast corner softens its presence on the Sheridan/Catalpa street corner; the east fa~ade of the residential component of the building is set back 55′ from the property line eliminating any “canyon effect” along Sheridan Road; the entire west fa~ade is set back 20′ from the property line to open up the alley and provide landscaping. Overture will be 18-stories tall, 200′ in height – well below the average height of most of the mid-rises on this block of Sheridan Road. The overall square footage is within the proposed Planned Development zoning.
Overture’s rental rates will include the building’s amenities. Since the project will not deliver for two years, specific rates are not available at this time. 19 units (10%) will have affordable rental rates as required by the City’s new Affordable Requirement Ordinance (ARO).
Developed by Greystar (www.greystar.com), a national, top-ten ranked, fullyintegrated, apartment developer with $3.2 billion of apartment projects currently in the pipeline across the U.S. Overture will be Greystar’s first project in the greater Chicagoland market. The Carlyle Group, one of the largest private investment firms based in Washington DC, has been slated by Greystar to provide the required equity for the project.
Overture will also be managed by Greystar, the largest apartment management company in the U.S., managing over 400,000 units in 39 markets. Greystar maintains a regional management office in downtown Chicago and currently manages 6,000 units in the Chicagoland area, including many of the most notable luxury apartment communities: SoNo East, Optima Chicago Center, E2, Halstead Flats, K2.
The General Contractor will be Lend Lease, the international GC who built “The Admiral” at Foster and Marine Drive.
Alderman Osterman has requested that Greystar, as the developer of Overture, present the project to the neighboring community for their input. We welcome your comments. At the conclusion of the community review process Alderman Osterman will hold a final advisory community meeting to ascertain the community’s views of the project for his final decision. Greystar will then file Planned Development and Lakefront applications with the City’s Department of Planning and Development. Edgewater Development Corporation is helping faci litate Aid. Osterman’s community process for the Overture Edgewater Beach Proposal. As a City of Chicago delegate agency that is community based, EDC is experienced with the 48th Ward process, zoning, and community stakeholders. Edgewater Development Corporation can be reached at (773) 506-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact: Graham Grady, zoning attorney: (312) 836-4036 or GGrady@taftlaw.com.