Logan Square Preservation's mission is to educate about and advocate for the preservation and restoration of our historic neighborhood. That mission is reflected in the principles for zoning and development.
1. We are opposed to the tear down or significant alteration of historic buildings. The preservation of our history through its historic housing stock is at the heart of our organization and this community.
This position was affirmed by the community in a referendum on the March, 2016 ballot referendum. That referendum was supported by 93% of 32nd Ward voters.
2. We encourage the adaptive reuse of existing historic buildings and will consider zoning changes to accomplish such use.
3. We support the preservation of family sized units and small worker’s cottages.
4. In the case of empty lots or requests for subdivisions we review them on a case by case basis and consider the following criteria:
Finally, we live in the real world and will not always have the opportunity for the “perfect” decision.
Logan Square Preservation provides a recommendation to the Alderman to support, to support with conditions, or to oppose each change. Recommendations are approved by the President and sent with his/her signature and posted on this web site.
Our primary task is to inform and consult with our members. The Committee uses that feedback and the committee's expertise and experience to work with developers to make projects acceptable to our members and the community.
The process follows these general steps.
Recent letters from the Preservation & Restoration committee regarding zoning amendment requests.
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LSP's area of review includes all of Logan Square, bordered by Belmont Avenue to the north, the Kennedy Expressway to the northeast, Western Avenue to the east, Armitage Avenue to the south, and Pulaski Road to the west. Special consideration is given to the Boulevard Historic District, which includes Logan, Kedzie, Palmer and Humboldt Boulevards.
It is important to understand that the authority to approve or disapprove a zoning amendment request or variance belongs to the City's Zoning Board of Approvals. Aldermen are able to give or withhold their support, which is based on constituents directly and through community groups such as Logan Square Preservation.
Note that zoning variances (as opposed to amendment requests), and licensing for liquor and other public places of amusement (PPAs) are frequent and hyper-local. LSP may facilitate involvement by neighbors or other community groups, but will not be a primary participant except when they also relate to a zoning change or are of a level of importance that requires LSP's involvement.
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Milwaukee at the Square, 1908
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California at Logan Boulevard, 1909
Milwaukee Ave at Logan Boulevard, 1922
Note the building on the left side, which is largely unchanged today. Previously, it was the home of the Logan Square Bank – the "bank that never was."
Kedzie Boulevard, 1913
ZONING & LAND USE
Recent letters from Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee regarding zoning amendment requests.
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Logan Square Preservation is committed to keeping its residents informed about development in our community. We are also working to ensure transparency in government processes relating to zoning and land use, and encourage responsible zoning and development within Logan Square. Our job is to make sure that the voice of Logan Square is heard to keep our neighborhood diverse, sustainable and supportive of our neighbors.
We independently review requests for zoning changes or variances submitted to the offices of the 1st, 26th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 35th Ward Alderman for both residential and commercial properties in Logan Square Preservation's review area.
Logan Square Preservation monitors major land use issues that arise in areas immediately adjacent to Logan Square Preservation's official area. We inform the Logan Square Preservation board and membership to implications of these situations that could have a significant impact on our community.
Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee meets monthly to discuss zoning and land use issues. The committee also responds to concerns of the membership and community based on feedback from the general membership meetings.
Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee provides feedback on letterhead to assist the Ward office in complying with an open community review process.
Logan Square Preservation has members living within the borders of Belmont Avenue to the north, the Kennedy Expressway to the northeast, Western Avenue to the east, Armitage Avenue to the south, and Pulaski Road to the west.
Special consideration is given to the Logan Square Historic Boulevard District.