The City recently met with MCZ, the developer of the Edgewater Hospital site, to continue to work toward a signed contract for purchase of the park land. We are close to reaching mutually agreeable language. Once we have a signed contract, the project will move forward with the continued remediation and demolition of the site.
Update: August 25, 2017
Estimated Construction Timeline:
As the work moves forward on the Edgewater Medical Center Site, I had asked the developer to provide a detailed schedule and description of the work that will take place. With the help of environmental engineers from the City, MCZ provided the following schedule and association descriptions. While we are hopeful that MCZ will remain on time, we have asked that they continue to update the schedule if and when things materially change in order to keep the community up to date.
I would also like to address today’s DNA info article that alleges that MCZ did not pay one of their contractors. It was represented to my office on many occasions by MCZ that they were not behind in payments. Additionally, they made this representation at the recent community meeting that was held by my office. I have asked MCZ to provide my office with an official statement regarding the non-payment. As soon as we have that statement, we will post it.
In addition to asking for a statement on the non-payment, I have asked them to explain how they will work to actually move this project forward. City personnel (including my own staff) have spent countless hours working toward transforming this site, we are hopeful that MCZ will complete the work that they have started.
Schedule submitted by MCZ
Clearing and Hauling:
MCZ will contract with Alessio and Sons to remove all items required by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District in order to meet our contractual obligations. In the case of the debris pile Alessio and Sons and EPS Environmental will separate the waste one bucket at a time, scan the debris for any contaminants and, if found, separate those out for proper disposal. The waste that will be monitored includes items such as potential PCB containing electrical equipment and Mercury thermostats that pose no threat to the community unless directly handled without proper clothing. As a part of this remediation, the Chicago Dept. of Public Health will conduct periodic inspections during the sorting process.
At this point, all asbestos has been removed from the partially demolished buildings by DDS Environmental. All air quality tests for those properties have been passed. This work will continue with DDS on all of the rest of the buildings on site including those scheduled for redevelopment at 5700 N Ashland
Alessio and Sons will also go through all standing buildings on the Park site to remove any items identified during the hazardous materials survey performed by EPS Environmental. Those items will then be sent to the proper disposal or recycling facilities.
MCZ has contracted with EPS Environmental to test and scan all debris leaving the site. In addition, EPS will do testing once all materials are gone to confirm the site is ready for demolition. EPS has completed a hazardous materials survey of all buildings standing on the park parcel. This is required by the City of Chicago and the Park District as a part of the purchase agreement.
MCZ will contract with Alessio and Sons to pump standing water out of the basements. The water has been tested by EPS Environmental and the pumping and water quality approved by the MWRD.
Prior to any demolition the environmental consultants will sign off that all work is complete and done to all applicable laws and codes. Once the sign offs have been obtained the reports will be reviewed by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District for full compliance.
The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District are requiring MCZ obtain a No Further Remediation letter from the Illinois EPA. This is a standard request from the City in all purchases. The process takes about 6 months. It is a paperwork process and involved proof of proper removal of hazardous materials and testing to show the site is clean.
Ground Crew Demo and subgrade construction:
Once we have gotten clearance from the City of Chicago, MCZ will release Ground Crew to complete the demolition of the remaining buildings on the park site. At the same time they will begin the interior demolition on the redevelopment property. All construction and demolition will be done in accordance with the City of Chicago’s Construction Site Cleanliness ordinance. The Chicago Department of Public Health will conduct periodic inspections during the demolition process.
As a part of the contractual work required of MCZ Ground Crew will break up the remaining basement slabs for the buildings on the park site to allow for drainage, crush demolition debris for a gravel base, and lay 3 feet of clean clay soil to form that base for the park. MCZ will conduct all activities in accordance with the City of Chicago’s Construction Site Reprocessing rules and regulations. All soil that is brought onto the site will be tested to demonstrate that it meets the IEPA requirements for clean fill soil. Once this work is complete we will turn the property over to the City and the Park District for the construction of the Park.
MCZ development of the main Hospital Property:
It is MCZ’s plan to run the development of the building plans concurrent with the interior demolition of the main hospital property. Once the interior demolition is complete all of the interior items will have been removed so that all that will remain is the exterior masonry and the interior structure. The General Contractor for this work is still to be determined. Once determined we will share that information with the Alderman’s office.
Update: July 31, 2017
We have determined the location for the upcoming community meeting.
Where: Rogers Park Montessori School
Address: 1800 W. Balmoral Avenue
When: Thursday, August 10
Time: 7:30 pm
Please feel free to contact my office with any questions at 773-769-1140.
Updated: July 20, 2017
I know there is some frustration over the progress with Edgewater Medical Center and many neighbors have questions. It has come to my attention that some of the employees of the demolition contractor have claimed to be leaving the site because of lack of payment — that is not the case. The demolition work had to stop in order for the remediation contractors to come on site. Yesterday, MCZ Development received full approval of their remediation plan to remove debris from the site–an important next step in moving this project forward.
I asked the developer to summarize the current situation and have also asked that they hold a community meeting to answer any additional questions of residents. The meeting will be held Thursday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m. (location to be determined). MCZ will be joined by their environmental contractors to make sure that there is a detailed understanding of the process moving forward. While the project is not moving as quickly as we had hoped, the City is actively involved in the process to protect the interest of the neighborhood.
Please see the note from MCZ below:
Last night we received full approvals for the remaining remediation work at Edgewater Medical Center. With that we have retained two contractors, Alessio and Sons and EPS Environmental, who have been approved by the City’s environmental consultants, to work on removing the remaining non-asbestos remediation items.
MCZ stopped Ground Crew from further demolition in April in order to make sure that we had full approval from the City and Park environmental consultants on our remediation plan. As a part of the final plan, MCZ requested that Ground Crew remove their equipment since the environmental contractors require their own equipment. Now that the equipment from Ground Crew is off the site Alessio and EPS will be able to move their equipment in and complete the remediation. We expect that mobilization will begin within the next two weeks and full remediation will take about three weeks from the completion of mobilization, weather permitting.
Once Alessio and EPS are done and we have city approval of the completion of the work, Ground Crew will return and complete the remaining demolition. We expect that work will be complete by the end of the year.
We are sorry for the delay, and I know everyone is frustrated, but making sure that everyone was on the same page regarding the remediation was critical. Now that we are complete with all of the approvals we are looking forward to moving the project forward.
As soon as we have determined a meeting site, I will pass the information along to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office at 773-769-1140.
Ald. Pat O’Connor
Update: July 20, 2017
The demolition crews moved off of the Edgewater Medical Center site today to make room for remediation crews that needed to bring equipment on site.
I expect to have an updated demolition schedule early next week.
Update: May 16, 2017
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.
Update: 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.”
Update: 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.
Update: 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.
Update: 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.
Update 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 the south side of Edgewater? TBD
Asbestos removal is the biggest hurdle. MCZ will follow all guidelines: removal from the building; removal from the 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. TBA Will 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.
Update: February 17, 2016
I am pleased to announce that there has been significant progress with respect to the Edgewater Medical Center Redevelopment. On February 17, 2016, MCZ (the future developer) officially purchased the parcel of land which includes all of the remaining hospital buildings from the bankruptcy estate.
Today, before the Chicago Plan Commission, MCZ’s plan was approved to restore the large hospital building facing Ashland Ave. and to demolish the buildings to the west to allow for a .89 acre park (the maximum park size allowable within the space).
These are significant steps forward in the process of redeveloping the area. We are hopeful that MCZ will begin their demolition work this spring. In addition to approval of the plan development, the City (through the Community Development Commission) passed acquisition and disposition authority for the park parcel on November 10, 2015. This was a great first step in the formal process of having a community park. The Chicago Park District has committed to owning and developing the park. Their designers will work on a passive green space that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community.
The former hospital will be redeveloped into an all residential apartment building with 141 dwelling units (a mix of studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms), 78 accessory parking spaces, and a minimum of 50 bicycle parking spaces. The building will also have a 50% green roof.
The process of approval of the TIF funds for the development of the park space is still ongoing; however, we are pleased that the amount of TIF funds needed will be well below what was originally contemplated.
I will keep the community updated as this process and the remainder of the work on this important project progresses.
Update: May 15, 2015
MCZ, the contract purchaser for the balance of the Edgewater Medical Center site, recently submitted a TIF application for their project. In total, they have asked for $10.7 Million in TIF money to help them complete the project. This number, along with numerous other details of their application, is being analyzed by the City’s Department of Planning. The amount, along with the structure of the financing and other details will all likely need to be negotiated between the City and MCZ. In an effort to keep the community informed, I would like to share the renderings of the project and give a few details. However, it is important to understand that the project is still under review and that MCZ is the contract purchaser, not yet the owner of the site (the estate is currently the owner), so bear in mind this is a proposal, not a finalized project.
MCZ is planning on an apartment complex with 141 units of residential (with no retail component), comprised of 9 studios; 100 one-bedrooms; and 32 2-bedrooms. This is less than the 213 units originally contemplated. As you can see from the images, the developer plans to engage in adaptive re-use of some of the buildings. They believe that this will result in a project with less disruption to the neighborhood during demolition and construction, and a smaller number of units than the originally planned new building. There will be 141 parking spots that will exist inside and outside of the building. The inside spaces will be in the basement and on the first floor, while the outdoor spaces will be along the east side of the building. Twenty-nine of the 141 apartments would be affordable housing as required by ordinance. The architect on the project is Hartshorne Plunkard, a firm experienced in historic preservation. MCZ’s current timeline would be to close on the acquisition of the property by September of 2015, demolition and gut of remaining structure would occur from September of 2015 to March of 2016. Construction would occur from April 2016 to June of 2017. Occupancy would be completed by March of 2018. @properties will support the project.
The proposal also provides that the developer would build out the park and turn it over completed. As things progress with the application, I will continue to keep you informed.
Update: June 6, 2014
There is currently a contract for the sale of the Edgewater Medical Center property. The Developer who is entering into the contract is MCZ Development.http://www.mczdevelopment.com/
We are optimistic that this sale will go through. Developers from MCZ met with the Alderman and plan to develop the site based on the plans that were previously discussed with the community.
As more information becomes available to our office, we will make it available on our website.
Update: January 29, 2015
The developer for the single family homes has informed us that they are functionally done with the pumping process and that demolition of the garage will now begin to escalate. Regarding the water leak on Ashland Avenue, the problem has been resolved and concrete will be poured when weather permits.
Update: January 16, 2015
The single family home developer, CA Development, has begun demolition of the garage. They anticipate that their demolition contractor will set up the equipment at the west end of the garage where the loading dock was located. The contractor will likely perform only some minor demolition in that area to test equipment suitability and reach from that position. The major demolition will not commence until the pumping has been completed, which should occur by the end of this week (note that this has been delayed from previous timelines due to weather conditions).
Demolition of the parking garage adjacent to is set to begin in early January. We have asked the contract purchaser to make every effort possible to communicate with the neighborhood about the demolition timeline, disruptions and their efforts to minimize those disruptions. The following is information provided by the developer regarding their plans. We will actively be monitoring the activity during demolition and we ask that neighbors let us know if they have any concerns. Ultimately, we know that the demolition and subsequent construction will be an improvement for the neighborhood.
Chicago based residential developer, CA Development, Inc. is under contract with Sedgewick Acquisitions LLC (the successful bidder for the entire Edgewater Hospital property and current owner of the parking garage parcel) to purchase and develop single-family homes on the Edgewater Hospital parking garage structure parcel as the first phase of the Edgewater Hospital redevelopment. CA Development, Inc. specializes in single-family home development on infill parcels in the city of Chicago. They have built over 500 homes in the city of Chicago on former commercial and industrial sites similar to the parking garage structure where demolition of the former industrial property has had to occur before new homes could be built.
CA Development, Inc. plans to build 15 single-family homes with 4-6 bedrooms on 30 foot wide lots, each of which will provide a three car garage for off street parking. The original redevelopment plan for this portion of the property called for 19 homes to be built. They have contracted with demolition contractor, “Impactor, P and P, Inc.” to whom a demolition permit has been issued, for the demolition of the existing structure. CA development, Inc. has informed us that Principals of this demolition contractor have previously performed both the demolition of large commercial/industrial buildings and also the subsequent excavation for single-family homes for CA Development, Inc. on several different planned development sites in the city in the last 10 years. They have successfully demolished much larger buildings without incident. In order to obtain a demolition permit, this demolition contractor had to be licensed and provide evidence of adequate insurance. Additionally, we are advised that the parking garage structure was inspected and found to contain no asbestos containing materials or other environmental hazards.
The demolition is intended to begin when pumping of the groundwater from the site is completed by the current owners. That pumping is projected to be completed by the end of December, and demolition is projected to begin immediately thereafter or in early January 2015. It is estimated that the demolition will only take 3 to 5 weeks thereafter to complete. The demolition will be taking place during the winter period when nearby property owners will likely have all of their windows closed which should reduce issues of noise or dust. Additionally, there will be little actual “soil” disturbed in this demolition, so mud should not be a significant issue. For safety reasons, the building department will require sections of the sidewalk surrounding the building to be closed in 40-foot sections at a time, as the demolition progresses from west to east. so pedestrian traffic will be temporarily diverted across the street on Edgewater and Hermitage avenues. They may also authorize temporary restriction of access to limited parts of the alley behind the structure where demolition is occurring during the daytime, but any such restriction would be temporary during work hours only, and removed before evening.
CA Development is making a major effort to minimize truck traffic and congestion resulting from the demolition and to recycle as much material as possible. The estimated volume of what would otherwise be demolition debris from the parking structure is over 450 semi-truck loads of material. However, by utilizing a pulverizing attachment on the demolition equipment they will be able to reduce the concrete to small enough pieces that will allow it to be suitable backfill for the future single-family homes to be built on the site. This will eliminate approximately 400 semi-loads of concrete debris from being hauled off the site and nearly 400 loads of fill that would otherwise need to be brought back in. Thus, eliminating nearly 800 semi -tractor loads/trips to and from the site.
CA Development Inc. has stated that the parking garage structure is not a particularly tall (no taller than a typical two-story house) nor complicated building to demolish. They advise however that because it is reinforced concrete, it will require the use of larger demolition equipment to demolish and pulverize the concrete from the walls, support columns, and floors. They wish to be clear that there will undoubtedly be some noise, dust, and vibration, despite all reasonable efforts to minimize same. [Alderman O’Connor suggests that those property owners living in close proximity to the site might want to consider making a video-graphic record of their property, including basement walls and windows so as to provide themselves with adequate documentation of potential damage should the need arise]. They ask for your understanding that it would be impossible to perform such a demolition without some amount of such unavoidable byproducts of demolition. However, the time period for demolition should be relatively short and will be completed well before spring 2015, when construction of the new single-family homes is projected to begin. CA Development’s schedule for construction would have all of the single-family homes completed by spring of 2016. They have pledged to utilize their extensive previous experience from infill development in Chicago to minimize inconvenience to the neighborhood.
Update: December 12, 2014
The contract purchaser of Edgewater Medical Center has tested the standing water in both the garage and the hospital basements. Based on the results, they are able to pump the water out of the garage (and they have obtained the necessary permits). They will start pumping as early as this Thursday, December 11, 2014. However, it is possible the pumping will not begin until next week (the work is dependent on weather conditions). The pumping will only occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and officials from the Water Reclamation District will be there when they begin pumping. Once the water is pumped out, the garage portion of the property will be demolished for the construction of single family homes, as was part of the plan adopted by the community. The contract purchaser is currently making determinations on how quickly they can move forward on the balance of the project.
Update: July 17, 2013
Dear 40th Ward resident:
If you live in close proximity of the Edgewater Medical Center property, you may in the next day or two receive a letter regarding the future development of that property from the property managers working for the trustee of the estate.
What they are applying for is the right or entitlement to develop the property along the lines of the community discussions we have had over the past several years. They are seeking the right to build a 12 story, 214 unit building with 14,000 sq. ft. of retail and parking floors. They are also designating approximately a little better than one-third of the property for park space immediately west of the Ashland Avenue buildings. Conspicuously missing is any mention of the residences west of where the park will go because that area is currently zoned for single family homes and would not be included in any rezoning or planned development because the property is already single family.
While it is clear to me that representatives of the WEAR organization and many of our residents, myself included, are open to the idea of having an LGBTQ senior residential development on this site, it is equally clear that unless the economics of such a development improve or become manifest, it is unlikely that any developer would have the capacity or ability to move forward with that project.
The issues of building material, colors and aesthetics will not be addressed until such time as the property is under contract to the ultimate buyer/developer. These items will be discussed with the City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development in conjunction with my office and representatives of the community.
I am encouraged that the long awaited development of this property seems to be moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. I am told that there are several entities interested in the project but a contract does not exist at present.
Patrick J. O’Connor