CHICAGO’S ADDISON & KIMBALL SITE
10.5 ACRES
(web site is under construction – some links are old and outdated)

FORMERLY OWNED BY INTERNATIONAL PAPER UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2001
OWNED BY REZMAR CORP FROM SEPTEMBER 2001 UNTIL AUGUST 2002
CURRENTLY OWNED BY HOME DEPOT
FUTURE HOME DEPOT STORE
IN SPITE OF LOCAL OPPOSITION AND POLITICAL PROMISES TO BLOCK IT
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INFORMATION & LINKS

CURRENT ZONING MAP:

ZONING FOR ADJACENT AREAS:

BPD #534
Business Planned Development #534

This is for the adjacent K-Mart Development
Incorporated into the Chicago Zoning Ordinance in 1993
Look at pgs. 37210 & 37211 about Billboard Removal by Jan 15, 2001
Note requirement 6d for 70 days of Public Service Announcements

ZONING OF THE SITE SINCE 1995:

MPD #578 - 1995
Manufacturing Planned Development #578
Planned for Builder's Square

This is for the vacant 10.5 acres as well as the adjacent Ampere Automotive Site.
Incorporated into the Chicago Zoning Ordinance in 1995 
Look at pg. 68036 for permitted uses and Sub Areas & 68040 for Floor Area Ratio 
(maximum allowable square footage on site)
Sub A = 133,000 s.f. Sub B = 32,000 s.f.

MPD #578 – As Amended 1999
MPD # 578 was modified in 1999 by Alderman Richard Mell of the 33rd ward to prohibit Building material sales in "Subarea A"

This amendment effectively prohibits Home Depot on the Site.
Received full backing of the City Plan Commission and NORBIC in 1999.
Presented in Legal Documents by Rezmar in 2001 as the existing zoning for the site.

Officially retracted in non-public letter by Mell in December, 2001.

REZMAR'S FEB. 2001 Townhome Proposal

This proposal, made public in February of 2001, was for 164 townhomes and a park on the 10.5 acres. This was fully endorsed by Alderman Mell and community groups.

In May of 2001, Mayor Daley announced that he opposed re-zoning the site to be used for townhomes.

Mells December 2001 Retraction

GO FIGURE!!!

In December of 2001, a full reversal of earlier zoning proposals as well as repeated pledges to the community that "Big Box" retail was dead for this site.
Mell states in 2001 that "circumstances have changed in my community and I now wish to permit the sale of building and home improvement supplies" on the site.

WHAT CHANGED???

MPD #578 - As Amended 2003

This amendment was introduced by Alderman Colom of the 35th ward on February 5th 2003.
This is a re-enactment of Alderman Mell's amendment to prohibit building material sales and other retail uses on the site. Essentially the same document, it was re-introduced after the ward re-mapping so that it is now filed under Alderman Colom's Name and the 35the Ward.
Due to extensive community pressure, both Alderman Mell and Alderman Colom pledged their support for the community in their objection to the Home Depot at a Town Hall Meeting on October 23rd 2002. IPNA as well as local business group KEBIC and local businesses Lee Lumber and Hi-Grade paint all expressed their opposition to the proposed Home Depot at that time. Alderman Mell pledged to re-introduce his ammendment prohibiting Home Depot, but the ward maps had changed and he was no longer alderman for the site. IPNA hired an attorney and drafted a revised version of the 1999 ordinance to Alderman Colom for her to introduce. This document is now pending in zoning committee, preventing Home Depot from getting zoning approval for their proposed store at Addison and Kimball.
See the UPDATE listed in the link below.



SITE PHOTOS

COMMUNITY GROUPS WITH AN INTEREST:



IRVING PARK NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATION (IPNA)
GREATER INDEPENDENCE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (GIPNA)
RAVENSWOOD MANOR IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (RMIA)

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS GROUPS WITH AN INTEREST:

NORBIC    NORBIC’S NEWSLETTER STATING HOME DEPOT OWNS THE SITE

KEBIC (Kedzie Elston Business Industrial Council)
A group of businesses around the Kedzie and Elston area.
Originally opposed to the efforts of IPNA when IPNA endorsed the Rezmar proposal
KEBIC has united with IPNA in its opposition to the proposed HOME DEPOT.


GOVERNMENT JURISDICTION:

CITY OF CHICAGO 33rd WARD (Before 2002 Re-Map)
CITY OF CHICAGO 35rd WARD (After 2002 Re-Map)
CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT:
SITE DESIGANATED AS A T.I.F. DISTRICT    WHAT IS A T.I.F. DISTRICT?
SITE DESIGNATED PART OF "INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR"
SITE DIRECTLY NORTH OF "ENTERPRISE ZONE"

HISTORY:

This site has been discussed and debated in public community forums for the last nine years, since it became vacant.
This has been summarized in the Irving Park Neighbors Association
Newsletters and community meetings from 2000-2003.

The local Lerner Community Newspaper has continued to report on this as news has developed over this same time. From their archives, this site has assembled
a collection of articles. The originals articles are still in the archives; the links here are to PDF files created from these archives. The content is the same, only the portion of the article relating to this site is highlighted for quick reference. Thanks to Patrick Butler and the Booster/Star and their web archive for these articles:

1997-2000:
1997-03-26-Mell & GIPNA on Zoning Change.pdf
1997-08-13-Mell & GIPNA on Home Depot.pdf
1998-03-04-Mell on TIF Financing.pdf
1998-04-29-Mell on No Big Box.pdf
1998-07-29-Mell on Importance of Property.pdf
1998-09-02-Mell on Purchase Price.pdf
1998-12-08-Mell on Manufacturing Interests.pdf
1998-12-30-Mell Announces St. Vincent DePaul.pdf
1999-01-27-Mell on St. Vincent DePaul.pdf
1999-07-21-Mell on Industry for Site.pdf
1999-08-25-Mell on People's Gas.pdf
2000-02-02-Mell Announces Inter-American.pdf
2000-02-23-Mell Frustrated with Daley.pdf

2000:
NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY SPONSORED BY I.P.N.A.
PETITION FOR REFERENDUM
EVENTS OF JUNE, 2000

2001:

PUBLIC MEETING AT ABBEY PUB WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2001

2002-2003:

Chicago Sun-Times Report of Home Depot Protest
OCTOBER 23, 2002 IPNA sponsored Town Hall Meeting
UPDATE 2-13-03