September 12, 2019
The City Council’s zoning committee gave preliminary approval to changes in the eastern edge of the Kinzie Industrial Corridor that will open up the area to new uses, including office and retail. The changes are due to come before the full City Council on September 18.
Under the proposed zoning changes for a four-block swath of the Kinzie Corridor between Ashland and Ogden avenues, developers may create offices greater than 9,000 square feet, retail spaces up to 3,000 square feet, and food and beverage retail up to 8,000 square feet. Restaurants and taverns can be as big as 12,000 square feet, with special approval.
The Kinzie Corridor area that would see these changes borders on the Fulton Market District, itself a former industrial hub that has been transformed through new development. Most of the Kinzie Corridor will remain as-is, though, and residential development will continue to be prohibited.
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