The Stop Luxury Developments (SLD) at Weiss Hospital Campaign – held a rally on Sunday, Aug. 21st at Clarendon and Wilson in Uptown o bring to light the consequences on affordable housing and community-based health care because of the planned luxury rentals that will be built on the Weiss Hospital parking lot. Speaking to these issues, the rally demands that Resilience, the new owners of Weiss Hospital, take the $12 million they received and buy back the parking lot from Lincoln Properties. In 2019, Pipeline, the former owner of Weiss Hospital contracted with Lincoln Properties to convert Weiss Hospital’s parking lot into luxury rentals. Three years later, in March 2022, Pipeline sold Weiss Hospital to Michigan-based Resilience Health care. Since 2020, there has been steady opposition to this development led by a group of community organizations who have come together under the umbrella of the “Stop Luxury Developments at Weiss Hospital.” Opposition to these luxury rentals has included public testimonies offered at the Chicago Planning Commission, numerous protests at various sites, including at Lincoln Properties buildings throughout Chicago, and a petition that over 600 concerned citizens signed on in protest of this luxury development. The proposed 12-story- 314-unit building to be built on the Weiss Hospital Parking Lot will provide only eight affordable units. Many units in this development are 472 sq ft studios and 700 sq ft 1-bedroom units. The proposed market rents for these units are $1600 and $2200, respectively, which do not accommodate the needs of low-income families in Uptown (earning less than $20,000), 84 percent of whom are cost-burdened and instead serve the income group earning $75,000 and above, only 5 percent of whom are cost-burdened. The building would develop land that was originally zoned for medical or research work, not residential use.
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August 25, 2022 at 07:09AM