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Sterling Bay Commits To Building School, Library Or ‘Shared Space’ As Part of Lincoln Yards

Developer Andy Gloor made a commitment during the unveiling of West Loop library Thursday.

Andy Gloor, Sterling Bay managing principal, speaks at the new West Loop library Thursday.
Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago

WEST LOOP — The developer behind the controversial Lincoln Yards project promises to build a “shared space”  — such as a school or library — as part of the massive development planned along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Sterling Bay managing principal Andy Gloor made the commitment during the opening of a new West Loop library Thursday. The prominent developer donated the building for the library.

“I will commit right now that Sterling Bay will do a similar type of endeavor up in Lincoln Yards — whether that’s building a school, whether that’s a library, but something that is a shared space,” Gloor said at the ribbon cutting.

The Lincoln Yards development, on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown, has sparked fierce opposition among residents and community groups.

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) told Sterling Bay earlier this month to remove a 20,000-seat soccer stadium and a planned entertainment district. 

Sterling Bay released new drawings of the site on Saturday, and promised more detailed drawings were to come.

Critics also want the city to slow down on signing off on an $800 million taxpayer-funded subsidy that’s been proposed to help pay for infrastructure in the development.

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