Update September 23, 2016
I am disappointed to report that Timeline Theatre will not be coming to the Trumbull School Building. Timeline and Svigos Development, along with my office and numerous representatives from the City and Board of Education, have worked extensively for over a year to attempt to make this partnership a success. This is not a reflection on the effort put forth by any party. The land-marking process for the building added complication to the project that simply made it too difficult for Timeline to make Trumbull their home. I wish Timeline the best in finding the right space moving forward.
Legally, Svigos remains the contract purchaser of Trumbull School. The Board of Education has set a date toward the end of October for Svigos to close on the Trumbull property. In the meantime, Svigos is working diligently to find a new theater partner for the space.
I will update the community as soon as I have further information.
Alderman, Ward Forty
Update June 23, 2016
On June 20th, 2016, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards passed a zoning amendment that will pave the way for the Trumbull School redevelopment project to move forward. The project includes the Timeline Theatre on the first floor with condominium units on the upper floors. While there are still some issues being worked out with respect to the theater and landmark status for the building, this is an important step in the project’s progress. The zoning change does not guarantee the project will move forward, but without the change, it cannot.
Over the past several months, Alderman O’Connor, Timeline Theatre representatives and the condo developer, Svigos Asset Management Inc., have met with city landmark specialists preparing to present the project to the State of Illinois and ultimately, the National Park Service Landmark people to determine the project’s viability and its eligibility for Landmark Tax Credits.
Given the desire to provide a state of the art theater experience and preserve the auditorium under the landmarking requirements, there is an inherent conflict, but it is a conflict all of the parties are dedicated to get through.
Update August 15, 2015
Svigos Development has put in an application for a zoning change for the Trumbull Property. Some of you who live near the school may have received a notice of this application. It was brought to our attention that some of these notices contained information about another school (on Ada Street) that Svigos is developing. Svigos will be re-sending out copies of the correct notice. If you did receive the correct notice originally, you may get a duplicate. If you received the notice for the school on Ada, the description of the plans for the property are not in any way the plans for the Trumbull property.
Svigos filed the application to begin the process of redeveloping the building. However, the matter will be deferred in the Committee on Zoning until their plans with Timeline Theatre are finalized. We will continue to keep you updated on our website.
Update October 2, 2015
Today, the Board of Education notified Svigos Development that they were the highest bidder for the repurposing of the Trumbull property located at Foster and Ashland in the 40th Ward. Svigos will build residential units and will partner with Timeline Theatre Company, which will be housed on the first floor. The Svigos bid presentation, which was done at my community meeting last fall, was deemed to be acceptable to the neighborhood group representatives that participated in the community involvement process.
The Waldorf School was the second highest bidder, and should Svigos fall by the wayside for any reason, Waldorf will be considered at that time if they are still interested in the project.
I have asked Svigos to provide the renderings of their plans for the site as well as representative floor plans for the residential units. I will provide these renderings on my website once they are available.
At this point, Svigos will work with the Board of Education to finalize their purchase of the property. I will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Ald. Pat O’Connor
Update: July 7, 2015
Update: June 29, 2015
The Board of Education has informed our office that they are ready to move forward with the RFP for Trumbull school. The RFP will go out as early as Friday. Once the RFP is released, I will notify the community on our website and post the acceptable use language (which will conform to the stated acceptable uses in our previous posts on this topic).
As some of you know, there was discussion of Decatur Classical School moving into Trumbull. Decatur is a selective enrollment CPS school that utilizes the classical model of education. Decatur is currently located in the 50th Ward and only goes through 6th grade. Decatur parents are looking for a school option that would allow their students to remain in the Decatur community through 8th grade. I was supportive of this option and reached out to the Board of Education to find out the possibility of Decatur coming to our community.
Unfortunately, the Board of Education does not have the funds needed to put into Trumbull to reopen the school for use by Decatur students. I remain supportive of the Decatur families that are looking for an option to expand their current school to allow for 7th and 8th grade, and I wish them luck in their pursuit of expansion.
We will continue to keep you updated as the process progresses.
Update March 27, 2015
On Monday, March 23rd, the working group of various neighborhood organizations, the Edgewater Historical Society, and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce met with Alderman O’Connor and a representative of the Board of Education to go over draft language for the acceptable use portion for the RFP for the reuse of Trumbull School. Prior to the meeting, our office worked with the Board of Education to tailor the language as closely as possible to the acceptable uses that saw the most support during our community process. The representatives in the working group were substantially happy with the language and the Board of Education is now going through a final attorney review of that portion of the RFP and putting together the remainder of the RFP. We estimate that the RFP will go out by the end of April.
We will post a link to the RFP on our website once it is released by the Board of Education.
Trumbull School Survey Results
Update January 16, 2015
Below you will find a summary of the Trumbull Survey results. On Thursday, January 15th, we met with the working group (comprised of board members and representatives from WANT, BCO, WEAR, ASNA, The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and the Edgewater Historical Society) to go over these results. From these results, as well as our consultations with the group and with the Board of Education, we have reached a few conclusions. First and foremost, the building will be saved and the RFP will include a requirement that the user seek landmark status for the property. It was a clear priority of the community and we are pleased that we are able to include this requirement in the RFP. Additionally, we will work with the Board of Education in consultation with the Landmarks Division of the City of Chicago to identify the key elements that will lead to a successful Landmark application. With respect to the use, from these results we will work with the Board of Education (in consultation with the working group) to formulate an RFP, which allows for two uses. The language to define the two uses will be developed to attempt to closely mirror the plans presented by Chicago Waldorf School and Chicago Development Partners with Timeline Theater. Once the acceptable use language is finalized we will share it with the community. The Board of Education will then use that acceptable use language to craft their RFP. The RFP will then open up to bidders and the Board of Education will have the opportunity to negotiate with the top two bidders. We are extremely grateful for the level of participation that has been shown on this project, both in survey results and other conversations with our office. The majority of the support calls, letters and emails were for the Waldorf School and Timeline Theater with Chicago Development Partners. As we discussed with the working group, both of these proposals offer something positive to our community and we are looking forward to moving this process forward. The summary which follows is what was presented to our working group.
Summary of Trumbull Survey Results:
- We received a total of 310 responses to the survey.
- 52% of those respondents attended at least a portion of the meeting.
- 95% of those who attended felt that it was an effective way to learn about the proposals.
- 99% of respondents said that they understood that the process will define the acceptable uses for bidders on the property and does not dictate who will ultimately purchase the property.
- Of those that attended (and filled out the survey), 54% were there to support a particular project. (The majority of those supporters were there for Waldorf School and Timeline Theater/Chicago Development Partners).
- The majority of survey respondents felt that any new use should be limited to the current structure.
- Generally, respondents felt strongly that a new user landmark the building.
- In terms of acceptable uses (from all 310 respondents):
- 57% found a residential use coupled with an established theater group acceptable
- 27% found a residential use coupled with a gym/collaborative work environment to be acceptable
- 48% found a residential use coupled with a theater space (available to the community) to be acceptable
- 80% found a private non-charter school to be acceptable
- 40% found a use which included multi-generational housing (which includes condominiums, a senior living community, a daycare space and a community pocket park) to be acceptable
- 24% found a movie set and studios to be acceptable
In terms of the specific proposals, we asked simply if they would be acceptable. Here are those results (for all survey respondents):
- 55% found Chicago Development Corporation’s plan (with Timeline Theater) to be acceptable
- 14% found Cedar Street/Brooklyn Boulder’s plan to be acceptable
- 28% found Svigos Development’s plan to be acceptable
- 80% found the Chicago Waldorf’s plan to be acceptable
- 28% found the Hub@Trumbull plan to be acceptable
- 19% found Windy City Production’s plan to be acceptable
Because there were so many supporters at the meeting and in our survey responses, we also looked at the results just from those individuals who attended the meeting and were not there to support a particular project. When looking at these responses, we saw the following responses:
- 75% found Chicago Development Corporation’s plan (with Timeline Theater) to be acceptable
- 18% found Cedar Street/Brooklyn Boulder’s plan to be acceptable
- 36% found Svigos Development’s plan to be acceptable
- 78% found the Chicago Waldorf’s plan to be acceptable
- 33% found the Hub@Trumbull plan to be acceptable
- 15% found Windy City Production’s plan to be acceptable
After looking at the overall survey results, we felt it was important to look at those responses from people within the immediate vicinity of Trumbull. Of the 310 responses, 176 responses were from people within 10 blocks of the school.
When looking at what the “Neighbors” felt was acceptable, we received the following responses:
- 65% found Chicago Development Corporation’s plan (with Timeline Theater) to be acceptable
- 14% found Cedar Street/Brooklyn Boulder’s plan to be acceptable
- 31% found Svigos Development’s plan to be acceptable
- 77% found the Chicago Waldorf’s plan to be acceptable
- 28% found the Hub@Trumbull plan to be acceptable
- 20% found Windy City Production’s plan to be acceptable
Next, we looked at Neighbors who attended at least a portion of the meeting, with the following results:
- 70% found Chicago Development Corporation’s plan (with Timeline Theater) to be acceptable
- 10% found Cedar Street/Brooklyn Boulder’s plan to be acceptable
- 26% found Svigos Development’s plan to be acceptable
- 74% found the Chicago Waldorf’s plan to be acceptable
- 22% found the Hub@Trumbull plan to be acceptable
- 11% found Windy City Production’s plan to be acceptable
Finally, we looked at the responses of Neighbors who attended at least a portion of the meeting and did not attend the meeting in support of a particular project, with the following results:
- 79% found Chicago Development Corporation’s plan (with Timeline Theater) to be acceptable
- 19% found Cedar Street/Brooklyn Boulder’s plan to be acceptable
- 32% found Svigos Development’s plan to be acceptable
- 76% found the Chicago Waldorf’s plan to be acceptable
- 30% found the Hub@Trumbull plan to be acceptable
- 18% found Windy City Production’s plan to be acceptable
One of the questions in the survey allowed respondents to rank their most desired option to their least. We totaled the ‘scores’ for this question from those ‘Neighbors’ (within 10 blocks) that attended at least a portion of the meeting with the following results:
[Note that the lower the score, the higher the average preference among survey respondents]
- Chicago Development Corp.: 175
- Waldorf: 178
- Svigos: 278
- Hub: 305
- Cedar: 321
- Windy: 326
In order to create these scores, where someone ranked all 6, we simply used their rankings. Where someone did not rank all 6 proposals we assigned the next highest number to all of the remaining choices. For instance, if in this box someone wrote “1-WALDORF; 2-CDC” we would assign a 1 to Waldorf, a 2 to CDC and a 3 to each of the remaining choices.
Obviously, coming to conclusions on the basis of this type of data is a difficult task and an inexact science. However, we do feel that the combination of great neighborhood participation in our survey, involvement of the community groups and consultation with the Board of Education has led us to a good starting point to begin to formulate the language for acceptable uses within an RFP. As always, we welcome your feedback. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns (Ward40@cityofchicago.org) and we will continue to keep you updated as the process continues to progress.
Update December 3rd:
Hub @ Trumbull formerly Trumbull Court Partners presentation from the November 24th community meeting has uploaded to our site.
The Hub@Trumbull presentation.
Update November 25th:
On Monday, November 24th, community members gathered at Trumbull Elementary School to see proposals for the future of the building. We believe the meeting was a huge success, with hundreds of area residents turning out to hear from potential users of the building. We plan to survey those individuals that attended and left their email addresses for us. However, please also feel free to send us your feedback on the proposals at Ward40@cityofchicago.org. Please entitle your email “TRUMBULL PROPOSAL FEEDBACK.” Kindly include your address in the comments as we are interested in all opinions, but would like addresses as a point of reference going forward.
Within the next week we will send a survey out to those that were in attendance. From all the information and feedback gathered, we will work with the Board of Education to define the acceptable uses for the building. Once the acceptable uses are defined, the Board will issue a Request for Proposals that contains those acceptable uses. At that point, potential users would be able to bid on the property. While the community does not have the opportunity to pick the end user for the building, we have a considerable amount of control in the form of limiting the use. We hope that you will give us your feedback so that we can best capture the preferences of the community.
Update November 21st:
Chicago Development Partners proposal has been updated for the presentation on Monday, November 24th.
Note: Some of the proposals are quite large so the download will be slower.
Where: Trumbull School, 5200 N. Ashland
Below are updated proposals which will be presented on Monday, November 24th.
Where: Trumbull School, 5200 N. Ashland
Update November 6th:
NOTE: this update corrects the day of the meeting we posted on November 5th.
There will be a community meeting held regarding the future of Trumbull on Monday night, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the school.
When: Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Trumbull School, 5200 N. Ashland
We will post updated proposals from potential developers and users next week. Please check back for the updated information.
Update November 5th:
Future of Trumbull Community Meeting
Join Alderman Pat O’Connor, CPS, and your neighbors to hear from the groups that hope to occupy the Trumbull building at 5200 N. Ashland.
When: Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Trumbull School, 5200 N. Ashland
Format: We will begin with the various groups set up in stations. These stations will allow community members the opportunity to view plans and renderings up close, and to talk one on one with the potential users/developers. In the next part of the evening, we will have all of the groups on the stage in the auditorium for 10-15 minute presentations, followed by questions from the community.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 13th TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THIS IMPORTANT SITE!
Update Oct 14th:
Please see the following communication sent out to those that submitted proposals for Trumbull School:
You will note that based on our meetings with some of the community group board members in the surrounding area that acceptable potential uses would include: 1) a private (non-charter) grammar school; 2) residential with a preference towards ownership; 3) a theater. A proposal could include any combination of these uses.
Dear Interested Parties:
We truly appreciate everyone’s submissions and interest in the Trumbull Property and surrounding community. After multiple meetings with the community groups in close proximity to the site, the local chamber of commerce, the local development corporation and the Edgewater Historical Society, we are now in a position to give you some more details about the preferences of the community.
The conclusion of the group was that the following would be potential acceptable uses: 1) a private (non-charter) grammar school; 2) residential with a preference towards ownership; 3) a theatre. Note that a proposal could also include any combination of these uses, and in fact the theatre feature is being considered m addition to another use in the building and not as a stand-alone use thus far.
Of course, we have not yet held a wider community meeting. Once we receive the feedback from the residents, there may be modifications to the list of acceptable uses.
Because of these limited acceptable uses, there are obviously some of your proposals that would not conform. If you wish to modify your proposals (for instance to remove a retail component and focus solely on residential) we welcome those modifications.
I would like to ask each of you to communicate whether you will:
a) continue with your original proposal; b) modify your proposal in some way; or, c) withdraw from consideration. In the event that you wish to continue to have your proposal considered, please consider submitting as much detail as possible for consideration by the community. There was across the board appreciation for those developers that gave detailed drawings, site plans, unit counts and descriptions of their project. The community representatives specifically asked that we come back to you and ask that you take the time to increase the level of detail (where needed). Of course, you are under no obligation to do so, but it would go a long way in getting support from the community and abbreviating the zoning process after a successful bid with the Board of Education.
Please let us know whether you plan to participate by October 31, 2014. We plan to place a detailed update on our website, with the new submissions the week of November 3, 2014. We are targeting Thursday, November 13th, for a community wide meeting. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. and allow developers and potential users to meet with the community and answer any questions.
While we are still working on the format for the community meeting, we are looking to hold it in Trumbull School itself with time at the outset to have presenters feature their project in separate classrooms and then audience wide presentations in the auditorium by all participants. We feel that the online information and the initial time
for smaller discussions will help attendees to understand the projects and allow the full presentations to recap and expand upon remaining areas of interest.
To assist you in updating your proposals, the community groups were interested in keying in on a few important issues:
- Detailed information on planned parking and solutions for alleviating any parking problems that you may anticipate based on your plans. (Note that there will likely be a restriction placed on any external parking structures)
- While it is unlikely that you have done a traffic study, you should be prepared to address traffic concerns related to the use you envision for the site.
- Whether you would consider land-marking the building and a detailed description of those elements of the building (both internal and external) that you plan to keep.
- Detailed site plans, including unit count and unit mix, where applicable, including floor plans for the interior of the building.
Please reach out to Chenin Kilduff Kienzler in my office with any questions. She can be reached at 312-744-1244 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has been involved in the coordination of this process since the beginning, and can likely answer any questions that you may have.
PATRICK J. O’CONNOR
Alderman, 40th Ward
Update August 26: Added two proposals, Chicago Waldorf School and Joseph Freed and Associates LLC.
Update August 22: Please review the submitted proposals for Trumbull School:
- Mixed Use Revitalization Project
- 5200 Ashland
- Chicago Development Partners
- Chicago Jewish Day School
- Svigos Development
- Bancroft School
- Gorman Company
- Chicago Waldorf School
- Joseph Freed and Associates LLC
Update August 20:
The Trumbull Community Involvement Process is off to a great start. We received seven proposals and are excited for the community to weigh in on the process. We will upload all seven proposals shortly to our website. Some of the proposals came in formats that would not allow us to upload them, so we are waiting for those and will upload them all at once (at the request of some of the developers).
CPS is in the process of selling closed schools that have become excess real estate in their inventory in an effort to cut maintenance costs and realize one time income from the sale. You can read about the school repurposing process here: http://cps.edu/Pages/schoolrepurposing.aspx For specifics on Trumbull go here: http://schoolreports.cps.edu/schoolrepurposing/Trumbull.pdf Part of the sales process involves community input. Alderman O’Connor would like to begin to learn about potential buyers and present their plans to the community around Trumbull. This process will occur in three phases. Phase I: Submissions accepted thru August 15. Note: this 45 day period could be extended if necessary. For Phase I, we will be looking for a description of your proposal with:
- a minimal site plan
- a bio of those that will be involved in the project
- whether or not you would use the existing structure
- an idea of your funding (note that no TIF funds or public dollars are available for this site—our goal is a privately funded self-sustaining project that contributes to the tax roll)
If you are an interested buyer, please submit your proposal to email@example.com by Tuesday July 15, 2014. If necessary, please contact Chenin in our downtown office at 312-744-1244 to arrange to see the building or to arrange to meet with the Alderman regarding your plans. As proposals are turned into our office, we will make them available on our website. Phase II: Proposal Review. After the initial submission period, our office will work with a group made up of the local neighborhood group boards and the Chamber of Commerce to review the proposals. If necessary, developers will be brought in to discuss their proposals. Phase III: Community Input. There will be a community meeting where all viable proposals will be presented to area residents for their input. After the Community has weighed in on the proposals, Alderman O’Connor will convey to the Board of Education the types of projects that our community is willing to accept. At that point, CPS will put out an RFP based on those types of projects. Based on state law, CPS may then either (i) accept the highest responsible bid; (ii) reject and all bids; or (iii) negotiate separately with the two highest and best bids, provided such negotiations do not result in a reduction or devaluation of the terms of the sale. Please see the specific process outlined here: http://www.cps.edu/sitecollectiondocuments/SchoolRepurposing_ExhibitA.pdf We look forward to reviewing submissions and discussing them with the community.
- Landmarks Illinois: http://www.landmarks.org/ (see in particular their information on Preservation Resources and Incentives: http://www.landmarks.org/incentives.htm)
- Preservation Chicago: http://www.preservationchicago.org/
- Illinois Historic Preservation Agency: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Pages/default.aspx
- National Trust for Historic Preservation: http://www.preservationnation.org
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chicago Office: http://www.preservationnation.org/contacts/field-offices/chicago.html
- Commission on Chicago Landmarks: http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/landmarksweb/web/generalinformation.htm
- Chicago Historic Schools: http://chicagohistoricschools.