“Over the past weekend, developer Sterling Bay released an updated masterplan for its sprawling Lincoln Yards megaproject, securing the backing of 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins in the process.
The new version of the SOM-designed plan—the third iteration since its initial public debut in July—reflects recent revisions such as the elimination of a 20,000-seat soccer stadium and entertainment district for more park space, mid-rise buildings, and roadways.
With Hopkins’s endorsement, the massive $6 billion mixed-use undertaking is far more likely to pass an important zoning vote by the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday, January 24. Hopkins, however, made it clear in an email announcement on Monday that the approval is far from a done deal.
“By no means does this spell the conclusion of the community review process for this major redevelopment project,” he said. “I will continue meeting with neighborhood associations and other stakeholders prior to and after this week’s Plan Commission hearing.”
The elected official also noted that the project is still subject to future deliberation at the Community Development Commission, committees on zoning and finance, and full Chicago City Council.”