The plan for a nine-story mixed use development at Chicago Avenue and Main Street — which was scheduled for a final vote at tonight’s City Council meeting — apparently won’t get it.
City staff is recommending that the question be pulled from the council’s consent agenda and be postponed “to an unspecified future date.”
The project has drawn opposition from some neighbors because it provides less parking than traditionally required for such developments.
But, because the development is adjacent to two mass transit stations, supporters have argued that the parking provided is sufficient.
The development, at 835 Chicago Ave., won approval from the Plan Commission on a 5-3 vote in February.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in announcing the postponement, didn’t provide a reason for the delay, but a community leader in the area indicated late last week that the parking issue was the sticking point.
The site, on the southeast corner of the intersection, has been vacant for several years, since a condominium development planned for it failed to get off the ground.
The city had pushed for a mixed retail and office project on the site — hoping to stimulate creation of more jobs in the area. But the developer was unable to find tenants for several floors of office space. The current plan calls for ground floor retail, offices on the second floor and rental apartments above that.