Gateway Centre Development Project Subject of Community Meeting

Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) is sponsoring a community meeting to review a renovation of the six-story building located at 1791 W. Howard St, formerly the headquarters for Pivot Point International. The meeting is scheduled for February 6 at 7:00 pm at Gale Community Academy, 1609 W. Jonquil.

The proposal is a gut rehabilitation of the six-story building replacing it with 37 residential condominiums, four set aside as part of the City of Chicago's Partnership for Affordable Neighborhoods (CPAN), the remaining 7000 square feet reserved for commercial use.

The property is part of the Gateway Planned Development and is 10,640 square feet. It sits on the southeast corner of the Gateway Centre home to Dominicks, Bally Total Fitness, Marshalls, and Gamestop among others. It was part of the overall plan to revitalize the Howard area at the end of the CTA Red line. Currently there are several vacant retail spaces in the mall available for lease.

K. Nicholas Kopley, President of the Kopley Group the developers for the project, is a Director of the Rogers Park Builders Group whose mission is to "encourage and support responsible residential and commercial property investment, development, and ownership in the Rogers Park community.....RPBG initiates and supports collaboration on city and community actions to create a destination community."

The project will require City Council approval as it needs a zoning change from B3-2 which allows for ten housing units, to B3-5 to develop the additional housing units. It also requires approval from the Chicago Department of Planning because the site is a planned development. The project is currently under review by the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee.