At a public meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) proposed minor changes to the Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) #4, Kinzie Industrial Corridor. PMDs are intended to preserve the city’s manufacturing bases by preserving manufacturing zoning; essentially, only manufacturing uses are permitted. A small number of commercial uses are allowed, such as accessory retail, food & beverage, and office uses. The meeting was part of the Kinzie Framework Plan, part of Mayor Emanuel’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative.

In the proposal, the Kinzie PMD’s boundary would remain as-is, but the areas covered by Subareas A and B would change. Subarea B would move to cover the area east of Ashland, and the Subarea A would cover the area west of Ashland. The FAR limit of 3.0 would remain. (This PMD’s boundaries were first truncated, last year, to remove the area east of Ogden.)

Existing PMD map

 The PMD and its subareas are shown in blue. The black outline is the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.

The PMD and its subareas are shown in blue. The black outline is the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.

Proposed PMD map

 In the proposed PMD map, the internal border between subareas A and B would shift to the east, and the positions of A and B would swap.

In the proposed PMD map, the internal border between subareas A and B would shift to the east, and the positions of A and B would swap.

Some of the changes are significant: The area of the PMD closer to the Fulton Market construction and conversion activity would allow larger office, retail, retail food and beverage, and eating and drinking establishments. The PMD would not open up to allow residential.

What’s proposed

DPD has proposed the following changes in Subarea B:

  • Maximum area for offices would be eliminated, except for the current FAR limitation of 3.0. (There’s a current exception in that there is no maximum area when reusing a building, except for FAR 3.0.)

  • Maximum area for retail food & beverage sales would increase from today’s 3,000 s.f. to 8,000 s.f. (convenience store, grocery store, liquor store)

  • Maximum area for eating & drinking establishments would increase from 4,000 s.f. to 8,000 s.f.; owners would be able to apply for a variation from the Zoning Board of Appeals to build up to 12,000 s.f. (bars and restaurants)

  • There could be freestanding retail locations up to 3,000 s.f. per store; currently, a store can only be built as an attachment to the factory that makes the goods sold in the store (the Zoning Board of Appeals would be able to increase this with a special use permit)

  • Recycling facilities and waste-related uses would no longer be allowed in the area east of Ashland Avenue.

If you have any questions about how this affects your existing properties or proposed developments, or you would just like to discuss your zoning options in the Kinzie PMD, please contact MAPS.

More info

View the slideshow presented at the meeting. View the other materials in the Kinzie Framework Plan process. If you would like to comment on DPD’s proposal, send them to dpd@cityofchicago.org.

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