I have received word from MCZ Development that they obtained approval from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to begin pumping the remaining water from the basements at the Edgewater Medical Center. The work began this morning and will continue for an undetermined length of time.
I will pass more information along to you as soon as I receive it.
Updated April 10, 2017
MCZ provided my office with the following update on the continued work at the Edgewater Medical Site:
“The demolition contractor has been busy working on creating the room needed to tear down the bigger buildings on the site to create a podium to support the larger equipment needed for most of the demolition. Once that podium is complete, they will work on taking down the bigger buildings. As a part of the demolition, the contractor is recycling as much of the buildings as possible such as separating out the metal and salvaging bricks, some of which MCZ will use in the redevelopment of the front buildings.
We are currently clearing out one floor of the front building in order to allow us to work on plans for the redevelopment. Once the floor is clear we will be able to get accurate measurements. The work on the plans will continue through the next six to eight months in order to apply for building permits for the redevelopment.
Right now the demolition is scheduled to be complete sometime around September or October. Once the buildings have been remediated, removed, the site will be ready for Park construction and the redevelopment of the front buildings.
Asbestos remediation continues and the buildings on the park side of the property should be clean in the next several weeks. Currently the buildings on Edgewater have been remediated and the main focus is on the building on Hollywood and Ashland.
We have received permission from MWRD to dewater the basements. We expect that this will start sometime next week weather permitting. The amount of water to come out of this portion of the building is significantly less than the amount that came out of the garage and we believe the pumping might only need to occur for a couple of weeks.”
Updated March 16, 2017
Just a quick update to let neighbors know that MCZ Development will be moving fences on the site out toward the street today in order to accommodate their work and to protect the safety of the neighbors.
Updated February 22, 2017
As part of my continued effort to keep residents updated on the status of the Edgewater Medical Center construction, I would like to share the following communication from the developer.
“As you know, the demolition of Edgewater Hospital is continuing. As you may be aware, the plumber has pulled permits to cut the water to the site at the water main as is required by the City. This will involve disruptions to the public way. Please be aware that this work will be taking place possibly as soon as the end of this week and it should take a couple of days weather permitting.”
MCZ has assured us that they will do everything it can to minimize any disruptions during this period.
Updated: February 14, 2017
Work is beginning to take place at the Edgewater Medical Center site. We know that a number of residents have questions about the work that will be taking place on the site. A member of the WEAR board sent our office and a representative from MCZ the following email:
“The residents living around the building believe that asbestos abatement has not been done. They are also under the impression that demolition begins tomorrow, and are afraid it’s beginning without proper remediation. Clarification and information from your offices to the community would be greatly appreciated. ”
Todd Mullen with MCZ responded with the following information:
“The plan is to take each building down as it is remediated. Once the building has been cleaned of the asbestos there is a certified report filed by the state certified remediator.
The first building we are working on is the 1619 building and there is pretty limited asbestos in that building. Nothing will be torn down until that building is clean and we will continue on like that until the site is complete. The work will continue on the Edgewater side then transition to the Hollywood side.
The remediator will be filing the report in the next day or two for the first building. The demo contractor will be starting once the first report has been filed with the state.
In addition to the remediation contractor, we have contracted with EPS Environmental to do continued testing during the process for all potential contaminants.
The contractor for the remediation is DDS Environmental. The contractor for the demo is Groundcrew.
MCZ takes the neighbors’ concerns seriously and we are working hard to make sure everything is done to meet the requirements on us by the state and the city.”
Please continue to contact our office if you have any concerns about the project. We know that the demolition involved with this project will cause disruption to the neighborhood and we will continue to update residents as the project progresses.
Updated: January 26, 2017
The Developer of the Edgewater Medical Site filed demolition permit applications for the buildings to the west of the large hospital building on January 24, 2017. The demolition of these buildings will make way for the new planned park. Our office will continue to keep you updated as the demolition and subsequent construction of this project progresses.
Updated: October 21, 2016
The Chicago Park District has provided our office with three passive designs for the park that will go in at part of the former Edgewater Medical Center site.
Please respond to The Survey to give us your input on the three park designs. The survey will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4.
Please be aware that MCZ Development has people working to clean out debris on the Edgewater Hospital site. Nothing coming out of the building is hazardous, but the garbage and debris need to be removed in order for work to safely continue on the site.
I will continue to keep you updated as the demolition schedule becomes finalized and the project progresses.
Update March 31, 2016
WEAR & MCZ Development Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:40pm
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Maurine did introductions and Todd presented.
Todd explained he was aware of the project’s history, previous owner challenges, etc.
MCZ has a passion for this project. This is first meeting; acknowledged there will be more.
He will stay in contact with Maurine/WEAR to share construction and schedule info. It’s going to take time. Significant project. Offered to share his number to be informed of issues. Constituents may not like all of his answers. MCZ will do their best to work through issues and eliminate problems/concerns as much as possible.
Constituents requesting park renderings as soon as available. Can they have input?
Chicago Park District will manage/maintain park.
All rental (no condo) 2 lobbies (no retail on first floor)
100 one bedrooms
32 two bedrooms
78 parking spots (maybe 80, but that might be pushing it)-
Doing a complete gut; leaving only shell.
Building is “rock solid”, built to institutional standards.
Floors are solid, flat, no subsidence, no spalling.
Building height is staying the same.
24 hour security during demo & construction
Parking during construction: Will it continue to be banned on south side of Edgewater? TBD
Asbestos removal is biggest hurdle. MCZ will follow all guidelines: removal from building; removal from area; air quality tests.
Tested soil and it came back clean
Water still in tunnels
Once all is cleared, they will submit info to EPA and City. Need permits. Asked Alderman to help speed up permit process.
Demo to start hopefully by this summer
Hauling debris: They’ve talked to CA Develop, may use their “hole” to remove debris. TBAWill work closely with demo contractor. One has not been chosen yet.
Will probably use jaws instead of wrecking ball (jaws less invasive).
Discussed: Controlling dust, vibration. Told everyone it is not going to be clean and quiet, but MCZ will mitigate dust and noise as much as possible.
MCZ will talk to Alderman about closing off alley in park during demo. One alley will be eliminated and one desperately needs repair.
Overall timeline – possibly 14 months; can’t promise
End of project – 6 months out, they’ll start marketing units
MCZ has building management company. Will conduct significant screening: credit and background checks.
Access for deliveries, garbage & loading dock are off public way. Won’t interfere with traffic on Ashland.
Parking lot on 2 levels.
Bike rack area and electric car charging will be available.
MCZ confident ratio will work since more people now are using bikes, Zip cars, Uber & public transportation. Their typical tenant won’t have cars.
Add Divvy? TBD
Add more bike lanes in surrounding area? TBD
Keep or change Zone 65? Too early right now to know. Alderman is aware of concern.
Rodent control was discussed. Demo permits request rodent survey and extermination.
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