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City Counter/compromise plan mid 2003-
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The "Nine Point Plan" for Promontory Point, as from October 1, 2001
This is the plan the city
says the community and park district agreed to in 2001, even though it was loudly
disliked at the October 1, 2001 largely attended community meeting. The city
said as late as July, 2003 that this is still what is on the table. After previous
community meetings, the newly formed Task Force executive committee as then
constituted met with the governmental parties and Alderman Hairston at a series
of often difficult small meetings. At these, the Task Force showed its research
countered many of the design need criteria and other claims made by the government
officials and engineers. A revised plan was gradually worked out more acceptable
to the Task Force but based on concrete steps and largely exposed steel sheet
wall. The city's insistence on universal access at all levels of the step stones
and shore side promenade was a main reason, along with shore protection design
criteria, that drove the insistence on concrete and steel design.
David Doig, Park District
General Superintendent, agreed to signing a nine-point letter of understanding
with Alderman Hairston in lieu of an agreement with "the community",
which the park district does not do. (The Alderman, as far as the writer has
determined, never signed the letter.) Up top the October 1 community meeting,
the Task Force and its then leadership remained dissatisfied and there was "no
agreement" until some final tweaking was done (reportedly approved in a
call between Doig/Environment Commissioner Abolt and Mayor Daley). The city
then presented its plan, which many testified against or shouted down. After
the meeting, the city said the plan was off the table and there would be a holding
period. Later, and continuing in summer, 2003, the city said it was holding
for the Nine Point Agreement it said it had with the community and Task Force.
items refer to modifications made to previous versions or are specific to autumn,
2001 and/or are no longer true (e.g. 57th beach). Point 2 is being implemented
as part of the underpass protection and ramps as part of the CDOT Lake Shore
Drive project. Point 3 results in less intrusion into the lake and deeper water,
but would still have the revetment in effect built beyond the present--the Task
Force plan does this less. The north drainage gap is at the transition of the
northwest end of the revetment to the concrete continuation now built around
the cove (51st to 54th). The Task Force plan uses this to gap to achieve ADA
access entry to the revetment and to the promenade from the headland above it.
Point 4. There is no mention of tinted concrete, as many assume there is. Point
6 c: the Task Force provides some more entry to the water, particularly on the
northwest stretch. Point 5 e: this was a key final city compromise. Re: swimming,
the previous and current task forces were very concerned about ability to safely
get out of as well as into the water. The allowed-swimming restricted-area ribbon
on the south side of the Point is widely considered unenforceable.
- The existing size of
the 57th Street Beach will be maintained on the North end
of the beach.
- The proposed concrete
pier will be replaced by a partially submerged headland.
Existing limestone blocks will be used for the top layer of the headland.
- The amount of concrete
proposed in the 25 percent plans, as presented to the community in January
, will be reduced. the promenade width will be reduced
from 26 feet to 16 feet along an approximate 600-foot length on the south
side of the Point. More definition will be provided once the plans are developed
closer to 75 percent.
The north drainage gap will be reduced in size by approximately
40 percent, and the south drainage gap will be reduced by
approximately 75 percent.
- The vertical
surfaces of the concrete will be given a rougher texture to appear
more like stone, and the joint spacing in the revetment steps will be staggered
to appear more like cut stone. Samples of the concrete mix, form texture and
plans for joint spacing will be presented to the community Task Force for
- 5 The bike paths
and pedestrian walkways will be rebuilt to the same elevation as
the top of the revetment or above, except for ramping to underpasses.
- The existing limestone
blocks will be reused in the project in several ways:
- (a) Top layer of
the stone headland describe above in item No 2;
- (b) Stone toe berm
in from of the revetment as it approaches the beach;
- (c) Two 300 feet
long platform steps will be built in front of the revetment
extending from the promenade into the water. The design, which may have
an interior section of another material, will be covered with the orginial
limestone. One platform will be constructed on the north side, and one
on the south side. Exact locations will be determined with the community
following the next several weeks of additional modeling, coastal analysis,
engineering and design;
- (d) Landscape architectural
features immediately behind the revetment or elsewhere on the
- (e) To hide the
steel sheeting in front of the revetment toe stone will
be placed t within 12 inches of the promenade around the entire project.
- Open water swim
access will be designated from 57th Street Beach towards the end
of the Point, as defined by a line of buoys. Safety exit ladders will be provided
on both the north and south sides of the Point. However, for public safety
the width of the swim area will not exceed 150 feet.
will be staged such that
the north side of the Pint is constructed first, the south side is constructed
second, and the entire Point is only under construction for approximately
four months. The length of construction is expected to be two-and-a-half years.
The Field House, 55th Street underpass and meadow will remain open throughout
- The revetment
height will not exceed +14 Low Water Datum. In addition, the height
of the revetment will be tapered on the south side from +14 LWD to approximately
+10 LWD at the beach and the beach house, and the project will be built in
such a way as not to impede the view of the lake. The promenade will not exceed