Protesters occupy former Weiss Hospital parking lot over new Uptown luxury apartment development

Protesters occupy former Weiss Hospital parking lot over new Uptown luxury apartment development

CHICAGO (TOC) — A bunch of protesters is camped out within the former Weiss Hospital parking zone in Uptown to oppose a brand new 314-unit residence constructing set to start building quickly.

There are various mixed-use developments and luxurious residence buildings below building in Uptown.

“There are far too many as it’s, they’re gentrifying and pushing out poor aged disabled individuals and we have now had sufficient,” mentioned Ronald Schupp, Northside Motion for Justice.

Uptown activists try to cease the following growth. They’ve taken over the previous Weiss Hospital parking zone to protest a 314 unit residence complicated prepared to interrupt floor on the property quickly. The lot was offered to the Lincoln Property Firm. Permits have been issued to the developer to start work on the mission.

“We’re going to maintain combating till we get a win,” mentioned protester Tom Gordon.

Protesters have camped out within the parking zone for the previous 4 nights. Whereas the event is a accomplished deal, activists are calling on Weiss Hospital’s new proprietor to purchase again the parking zone from Lincoln Property.

“It would not should be a accomplished deal, if individuals get up and be counted to vary it and that’s what we’re right here for and we encourage others to affix us,” Schupp mentioned.

Activists need the property for use for group wants, together with reasonably priced housing. The brand new 12-story growth will solely embody eight reasonably priced items, the minimal required by the town. Lincoln Property is satisfying the rest of its affordability requirement by giving $3.1 million to Sarah’s Circle, an Uptown nonprofit that helps and homes homeless ladies. The cash will go in direction of constructing over 100 new everlasting residences for homeless ladies.

“Sure, we might be benefiting from the set asides from this different constructing to construct what I will be now our third constructing on this neighborhood,” mentioned Mimi Alschuler, Sarah’s Circle senior director of growth.

Protesters say they may proceed to occupy the parking zone.

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