Chicago wants to expand residential uses in Fulton Market area

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A zoning code amendment introduced to the City Council by Mayor Lori Lightfoot would allow housing within a former Near West Side Planned Manufacturing District that is transitioning to a mix of commercial, innovative, and other uses, according to the City of Chicago

The amendment would affect properties within the Kinzie Corridor Overlay District, which in 2017 replaced a portion of the Kinzie Corridor PMD, which prohibits residential uses. Generally bounded by Carroll Ave. and Hubbard, Halsted and Wayman streets, the overlay district was adopted to guide the area’s growth as a mixed-use extension of downtown.

The addition of residential as an allowed use within the overlay is consistent with the Fulton Market Innovation District (FMID) plan, which was updated this spring to address market trends within a portion of the Near West Side.

The FMID strategies include the expansion of residential uses north of Lake St.; a recommended 30 percent affordability for new residential projects; and prioritized infrastructure investments that support pedestrian-friendly public amenities; among other goals.

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