City moves to dismiss Wolf Point suit
Loop North News

WOLF POINT

15-Jul-13 – Opponents of the plan to build three towers at Chicago’s historic Wolf Point have until August 6 to respond to a motion filed in U.S. District Court to dismiss their lawsuit.

The Residences at Riverbend Condominium Association is suing the City of Chicago, trying to get the zoning amendment that allowed the project voided. It may be academic now, as construction of the first tower will start on July 31, according to the building’s architect.

Stephen Patton Representing the city, Stephen R. Patton (left) says the lawsuit should be dismissed because the plaintiffs do not own property on the actual planned development where the towers will be built and even if they did, the zoning amendment that allowed the project was approved properly.

The city entered the motion on July 9.

The Residences at Riverbend is a 38-story condominium on North Canal Street. It is approximately 250 feet across the Chicago River from Wolf Point.

When the city council amended the zoning ordinance for Wolf Point on March 13, to allow construction of one 525-foot 510-unit residential tower on the west side, the plaintiffs claim they were “deprived of procedural and substantive due process of law as well as denied equal protection under the law.”

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly disagrees, saying approval of the development by the city was fair.

“I tried my level best to provide a transparent process,” Reilly (right) told Loop North News on June 10. “A number of community meetings were held and the planned development was changed several times as a result of the public input and feedback I received.” Brendan Reilly

One of the more notable results of three community meetings hosted by Reilly in 2012 was that developers had to break up the project into three phases, each of which would have to be approved by the city’s zoning committee.

“I can’t speak to the specific complaints laid out in the lawsuit but from my perspective I think this received a very robust process compared to other planned developments we’ve negotiated downtown.”

The project will eventually include a 950-foot south tower and a 750-foot east tower.

Related stories:

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 15-Jul-13 5:48 AM

Loop North News

FREE WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE

What’s news in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

More stories


Sunday
For the 19th consecutive summer, Eastland Disaster Historical Society will host the anniversary commemoration for Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy. Guests will include a representative from Chicago Maritime Museum and Patricia Sutton, author of Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster. 1:00 p.m. on the Chicago Riverwalk on the west side of the Clark Street Bridge. Cost: Free. Map. More info.

July 25
City Winery announces a special boat cruise and food/drink collaboration with The Duck Inn in Bridgeport. Event starts with drinks at City Winery on the Riverwalk between State and Dearborn. Guests will depart on an electric boat catered with cheese, charcuterie, and Piper Champagne. After arriving in Bridgeport, guests will be served a welcome cocktail from The Duck Inn, followed by a multi-course menu consisting of family-style summer dishes and drink pairings from City Winery Reserve wines. Tickets: $257 per person, includes food/drink pairings, boat transportation along the river, and gratuity. 5:30 p.m., City Winery, 11 West Riverwalk South. Map. More info.
More events

Biggest Gainers & Losers

BOEING CO.
356.75 3.48

NORTHERN TRUST CORP.
108.07 2.62

MB FINANCIAL INC.
46.36 2.33

TRIBUNE MEDIA CO.
32.04 2.06

Downtown Chicago Stocks