40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor Hosts Community Meeting40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor hosted a meeting to discuss development plans for the Edgewater Hospital property this past Tuesday at St. Gregory High School. Approximately 200 people attended and heard Alderman O’Connor outline the current plan for the development of the former Edgewater Hospital property. Ald. O’Connor recapped the years of development, or lack thereof, as Edgewater Hospital navigated its way through the Bankruptcy Court. After years of formulating, discussing and reformulating potential development plans for the long ago stuttered hospital, Ald. O’Connor described the current proposal. This current plan calls a twelve story apartment building on Ashland Avenue with 214 units which is down from 360 in the 2009 plan. TIF funds are to be used for demolition. Single family homes would be built on Edgewater Avenue. The most attractive part of the plan for the neighborhood is the 39,000 square feet park at the center of the development. The Chicago Park District has agreed to take title to the park, but not be responsible for maintenance. The current plan proposal goes back to the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development for further consideration and approval in the Bankruptcy Court. See more photos from the meeting at the Welles Park Bulldog facebook page.