AVONDALE — A controversial plan to redevelop part of The Fields campus at the Logan Square and Avondale border has cleared the final regulatory hurdle.
New York-based developer Knickpoint Venture won approval from the full City Council on Friday to add to its massive, 1.5 million-square-foot retail/residential project at 4000 W. Diversey Ave. Under the plan, the developer is planning to bring a 50-foot-tall building, two roof decks, more retail space and sound stages for a planned film production studio to the site.
The approval comes after pushback from community organizations.
Organization leaders tried to block the vote over what they call a lack of transparency. They’ve also been pushing the developer to sign a community benefits agreement out of concern the project could lead to the displacement of more longtime Latino residents. The projects sit at the edge of gentrifying Logan Square and Avondale.
But the project also has many supporters, including Ald. Felix Cardona Jr. (31st), who represents the site. Cardona has maintained the project will give the area an economic boost at a time when the city’s economy is struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s going to benefit everyone in the community,” Cardona previously said. “Economic development is much needed, now more than ever.”
The measure approved Friday is an amendment to the planned development, which was approved in 2014.
The developer needs the amendment to build the 50-foot building, roof decks and other amenities, changes that would make way for the film production studio or another use like a sports facility down the line and would add on to the existing redeveloped campus. The Fields site includes a mix of loft apartments, offices, a Cermak Fresh Market grocery store and more.
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