1710 W. Lunt

Update on 1710 W. Lunt

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At the beginning of this year, DLG Management brought a proposed zoning change to our office for consideration. The developer was seeking a zoning change from RT-4 to B2-3, a rear setback variation from 51’ 9.5” to 21’, and a parking reduction from 10 required spaces to 5 in order to satisfy the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance. The proposal called for the renovation of an existing four-story building with a total of 7 residential units, installing an elevator to increase accessibility, and the construction of 13 new units attached to the rear of the existing building. The proposal would have included a total of 4 affordable units on-site per the city’s amended Affordable Requirements Ordinance. 

On February 8th, David Gassman from DLG Management joined the 49th Ward for a community meeting regarding this proposed zoning change. After the community meeting, the Ward Office circulated a feedback survey, following the 49th Ward zoning change community process. 

At that time, our office was not ready to issue a decision on the zoning change due to the overwhelming feedback we received from the community survey. In fact, this proposal saw more community engagement than any proposal that has come before me. Our office was very explicit with both the community and the developer that a zoning change would not be outright denied and that the community would like to see modifications to the proposal. 

Based on this feedback, our office engaged directly with DLG Management, the neighboring Hare Krishna Temple, and the broader community to come to a solution that would add much-need affordable units, address parking concerns, and the impact of light and noise this new development would have on the temple sanctuary.

Our office asked DLG Management if they could increase the rear setback of the building to allow more light and green space, increase the floor count to five from four to preserve the number of affordable units, and to modify certain building orientations. 

Unfortunately, DLG Management and its architects were unable to create a plan that would make sense financially given the extreme limitations of the site. Given that fact, DLG Management has decided to withdraw their zoning proposal and build 8 units instead, as current zoning for the property allows.

While disappointing to see, our office will continue to work to increase affordability and prioritize equitable developments that bring benefits to everyone. As your alderwoman, it is my job to ensure that we are bringing the best developments possible to our neighborhood and will continue to do as such.

1710 W. Lunt Survey Results

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DLG Management is seeking a zoning change from RT-4 to B2-3 and a rear setback variation. The parcel at 1710 W. Lunt has an existing four-story building with a total of 7 residential units. The zoning change would allow the owner to construct on the rear of the building an addition that would include an additional 13 units, bringing the total number of units in the building to 20. DLG Management also plans on renovating the existing 7 units and installing an elevator during construction, increasing the accessibility of the building. The proposal would include a total of 4 affordable units per the city's amended Affordable Requirements Ordinance. 

On February 8, David Gassman from DLG Management joined the 49th Ward for a community meeting on the proposal. After the community meeting, the Ward Office circulated a feedback survey, following the 49th Ward zoning change community process.

Based on the large number of responses and interest in this particular proposal, our office decided to break down the data in four ways: aggregate, 49th Ward residents, residents within four blocks, and respondents outside the ward boundaries. The results of that survey, broken down by category, are shared in the above infographic.

The office has since met with leaders from the Hare Krishna Temple and DLG Management to go over the survey results. At this time, our office is not ready to make a decision on the proposed development. Instead, we have asked DLG Management to take into consideration all the concerns and suggestions received from the survey to see if any modifications can be made to the development.

We are still early in the decision-making process and will come back to the community for input on any revised proposals. We know that there are many factors to take into consideration with this proposal, and we want to give the time and diligence that is due before making any decisions on the zoning change request. 

Submit Feedback on 1710 W. Lunt Proposoal through February 27

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On Tuesday, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss a proposed development and zoning change request for the property located at 1710 W. Lunt. The architectural plans and scope of the project is available on the 49th Ward website at 49thward.org/1710lunt. You can watch the community meeting on Facebook by clicking here

We would like to hear from residents their feedback on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete the online feedback form at bit.ly/1710luntfeedback. Feedback will be accepted through February 27. 

Community Meeting February 9 on Proposed Zoning Change for 1710 W. Lunt

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The owner of 1710 W. Lunt, DLG Management, is requesting a zoning change from RT-4 to B2-3. They are also requesting a rear setback variation, which would reduce the rear yard setback from 51' 9.5" to 21'. 

The parcel at 1710 W. Lunt has an existing four-story building with a total of 7 residential units. The zoning change would allow the owner to construct on the rear of the building an addition that would include an additional 13 units, bringing the total number of units in the building to 20. DLG Management also plans on renovating the existing 7 units and installing an elevator during construction, increasing the accessibility of the building. 

The zoning change would trigger the updated Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which means four units (20%) would be set aside as affordable for people making 60% of the Area Median Income. Furthermore, with the addition of the elevator, all units would be accessible or easily adaptable. 

The plans call for 5 one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom units. The affordable units will be proportionate to the unit breakdown as per the ARO. Finally, the owner seeks a parking reduction from 10 parking spaces required under the Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance to a total of 5 parking spaces. 

David Gassman from DLG Management will join our office on Tuesday, February 8, at 6 pm for a virtual community meeting to discuss the proposed zoning change to this site.

To register to attend the community meeting, visit bit.ly/1710Lunt. Spanish translation will be available.