With Amazon not choosing Chicago for its H2Q location, Sterling Bay has made some significant changes to its proposed Lincoln Yards megadevelopment in hopes of easing widespread concerns from the community regarding the mammoth size of the project.
According to new reports from both Crain’s and the Tribune, the new Lincoln Yards proposal features fewer high-rises and a lot more open green space, which is something many throughout the surrounding community originally wanted when the project was first announced.
Specifically, the new plan now has two fewer buildings and the max height for any tower in Lincoln Yards has been dropped from 70 stories and nearly 800 feet to right around 50 stories and 650 feet.
Despite these changes, concerns over traffic and the area’s insufficient infrastructure to support such a project still loom, which could delay the project further. If approved, however, the $6 billion development will encompass roughly 70 acres and feature 5,000 residential units, a Live Nation entertainment facility, and a 20,000 seat United Soccer League stadium.
Lincoln Yards is also projected to bring 23,000 permanent jobs to the area as well.