New Lin­coln Yards ren­der­ing re­places sta­dium, mu­sic venues with park space

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY AL­ICE BAZERGHI, DIG­I­TAL CON­TENT PRO­DUCER abaz­[email protected] | @AliceBaz­erghi

Ster­ling Bay has re­vised the ren­der­ings for its Lin­coln Yards de­vel­op­ment, for­go­ing the 20,000-seat soc­cer sta­dium and Live­Na­tion mu­sic venues for more park space and sports fields.

The new plan was re­leased Satur­day after Ald. Brian Hop­kins (2nd) shut down those two ma­jor el­e­ments of the project and de­manded the area be “re­pur­posed as an open and recre­ational space.”

Part of the changes in­cludes 6.2 acres of park space in­stead of the ini­tial 3.6 acres, a move that is ex­pected to be pop­u­lar with Hop­kins’ con­stituents, who lack parks.

“This in­crease in park space will al­low for ex­panded pro­gram­ming, in­creased flex­i­bil­ity for youth and adult recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, and a wider va­ri­ety of po­ten­tial fields for sports such as soc­cer, base­ball, bas­ket­ball, and ten­nis, among oth­ers,” Ster­ling Bay said in its re­lease.

In ad­di­tion to the in­creased park space, Ster­ling Bay said the new lay­out is more walk­a­ble, aim­ing to “im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity, while con­tin­u­ing to re­spect lo­cal busi­nesses.”

In Novem­ber, the Hide­out and other mu­sic venues ex­pressed con­cerns over the project — es­pe­cially the now-nixed Live­Na­tion en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict — which they be­lieved would drive them out of busi­ness.

The plan wasn’t only rub­bing lo­cal busi­nesses the wrong way. Con­stituents jam­packed com­mu­nity hear­ings in op­po­si­tion of the project, say­ing thou­sands of fans at­tend­ing an event and then leav­ing at the same time would cre­ate a traf­fic night­mare for those who live in the area.

STER­LING BAY

Up­dated ren­der­ing of Ster­ling Bay’s Lin­coln Yards de­vel­op­ment for­goes the soc­cer sta­dium and en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict for more park space.

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