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Finalists present Hahn Street proposals to City Council

ELMHURST – Two finalists presented Tuesday their proposals for a Hahn Street multi-use development to the City Council.

After Banner Apartments, LLC withdrew its proposal for the redevelopment project last month, Morningside Group and Lincoln Property, Co. remained the only two candidates for the luxury apartment building project.

Both presenters mentioned a grocer had approached them about the project. Lincoln offered to create a design including a grocery store if the council wanted to pursue that option, and Morningside offered a conceptual plan for a 21,000-square foot grocery store on the north side of Hahn Street.

Morningside's project, titled North District offered a detailed four-story plan for the building, but also a six-story alternative, which would add rental units and the necessary parking to support them.

The portion of residences facing Addison Street adjacent to existing townhomes would be only three-stories in the Morningside proposal and set back from the sidewalk.

"The project will become a standard for how to deal with transitional design between a commercial district and a residential district," said Mark Hopkins, an architect from HKM Architects + Planners, Inc. working with Morningside.

Both presenters mentioned using green roofs, permeable pavers and providing bicycle friendly elements like parking and storage. Both also included a central public open space on York Street.

Morningside also proposed a 1.4 acre-foot underground vault for storm water storage.

Lincoln presented a five-story structure with ground floor retail on York Street and the fifth floor set back.

The Lincoln plan also set back the entire building on the Addison Street side to provide a buffer area between the Hahn Street development and existing townhomes.

"We've got local knowledge, but we've got the national expertise resources to back it up," said Brian Byrne, a Lincoln executive vice president for the Midwest region.

The City Council plans to discuss the two proposals at a Committee of the Whole meeting Dec. 2 following the regularly scheduled council meeting.

"I'm going to to anticipate that Dec. 2 meeting will be heavily numbers based," Mayor Steve Morley said.


Proposed details


Apartments: 139 (four stories), 207 (six stories)

Resident parking spaces: 210 (four stories), 312 (six stories)

Public parking spaces: 114


Apartments: 216

Resident parking spaces: 297

Public parking spaces: 118

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