TM10 - Transit Oriented Development: Chicago Style!

Monday, November 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

Abstract Text:

In September 2013, Chicago City Council passed the city's first ordinance to stimulate development in transit zones. The ordinance reduced parking space requirements and allowed increased building heights for new construction in designated areas near public transportation. Five years later, this tour will explore the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) concept as applied through two built examples. Attendees will see Lake Street Studios, certified via the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, which is emblematic of two current housing trends - in addition to being a TOD, its residential program is comprised of 61 micro-units. Another stop one this tour is 1611 W. Division, an 11-story, 99-unit market rate residential building, completed in 2013, which is considered the first transit oriented development (TOD) outside of the downtown core. 1611’s role in the Ordinance discussion is of interest because it demonstrates a city process that essentially paralleled the actual ordinance adoption process by serving as a pilot project. Both buildings will have units available for viewing and both have habitable vegetative roofs with amazing skyline views. Last but not least, both buildings have received Vision Awards from the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). This is a walking tour and also taking public transit, dress warm and prepare for poor weather.

Learning Objectives:

Explore the transect between housing, work and transit and how the integration of all three can contribute to more vibrant and sustainable communities and cities.

Investigate the role a city or government can play in promoting car-free living and TOD through policy and community engagement.

Explain the net benefit of reduced parking ratios, relative to greenhouse gas emissions.

Discuss the market acceptance of TOD projects, through the 1611 example.

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Event Type: Tour > Session