JDL Development’s “North Union” mixed-use development project is being proposed for a portion of the Moody Bible Institute campus on the Near North Side.
JDL would purchase and redevelop 8.1 acres of land from Moody Bible, which would continue to own and operate an educational institution and media ministry on its remaining 9.4 acres.
Generally bounded by the CTA Brown Line tracks and Oak, Chestnut and Wells streets, the North Union site is proposed to include a variety of low-, mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of 2,656 residential units, 30,000 square feet of commercial space and approximately 2.5 acres of public open space.
The proposal requires an amendment to an existing Planned Development (PD) designation through a formal process that requires review and approval by the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council.
JDL intends to file its PD application with the City Council in coming months. Once filed, the PD application would be introduced to City Council and referred to a future Chicago Plan Commission hearing. Prior the hearing, the proposal would be refined by the development team in coordination with City departments, local aldermen, neighborhood stakeholders and the general public.
An initial virtual community meeting took place in November 2020.
DPD hosted a second virtual community meeting in March 2021.
The North Union team introduced its Master Planned Development application to the Chicago City Council on March 24, 2021. Dates for additional public review, including the Chicago Plan Commission hearing, are still to be determined. All questions on the development proposal can be directed to DPD@cityofchicago.org.