Free Community Meeting for Pritzker Park Redevelopment. C40 Reinventing Cities Competition Loop Site Community Meeting.
When: Wed, March 4, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium Register to attend
Free Community Meeting for Pritzker Park Redevelopment
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development is hosting this community meeting to provide information and to solicit public input regarding an upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) for a downtown redevelopment site, located at 331-355 S. Plymouth Court and 12-26 W. Van Buren. This site and the City’s RFP process will be part of C40’s Reinventing Cities Competition.
In addition to desired low/no carbon design, the City of Chicago will request that respondents incorporate future funding to improve Pritzker Park, as well as other public benefits, as part of their RFP of the City-owned parcels.
The specific site requirements are being developed with partner agencies and stakeholders, and the competition is expected to start at the end of March 2020. The competition will occur in two phases, an Expression of Interest phase and then an RFP phase with selected finalists. A winning team is expected to be announced by early 2021. More information on the competition process and the site can be found using this link.
C40 is a non-profit global network organization that connects the world’s most influential cities committed to tackling climate change and building an inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future for millions of urban citizens that account for more than 70% of the global CO2 emissions.
About Pritzker Park
Pritzker Park is a 1.05 acre park located on the northwest corner of State and Van Buren across the street from the Harold Washington Library. For years it was populated by the homeless, the mentally ill and a huge flock of pigeons. Sometime in the ’00’s Mayor Daley #2 had the brilliant idea to enclose our parks in tall wrought iron fencing like he had seen in relatively low-crime London. This park was the recipient of the fencing rendering it unusable because if you were attacked you couldn’t run out of the park! At some point it came down, probably because it was too expensive to maintain. Later the lot was going to be built out with a new Chicago Park District headquarters. Now I guess they’re trying to do something else with it.