Goal: Promote Equitable Transit-Oriented Development - Key Findings

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  • Under the 2019 Chicago TOD ordinance, a large number of properties in the study area are TOD eligible. Eligible properties include those that are in the zoning districts and within 1,320 feet of the centerline of bus routes No. 9 Ashland, No. 39 Pershing, and No. 49 Western, as well as those within the same distance from the CTA Orange Line Stations at Ashland and at 35th/Archer.
  • Residents and stakeholders identified preserving housing affordability as a top priority for the community. The TOD ordinance stipulates a density bonus allowing development projects an additional floor-area-ratio (FAR) increase from 0.25 to 3.75 if at least 50 percent of the required affordable housing units are provided on-site and an additional 0.5 to 4.0 for 100 percent. Developers could also qualify for a parking reduction of up to 100 percent, which reduces the overall cost of construction, making housing units much more affordable.
  • CTA rail ridership at McKinley Park stations has declined in recent years. This could be attributed to the fact that the number of workers in McKinley Park decreased by 15.3 percent between 2005 and 2015. A TOD approach could spark economic development, helping retail developments near transit increase their customer base.
  • Transit-served areas conflict with high intensity permitted uses. This poses safety concerns to many pedestrians due to high traffic volumes. A TOD approach offers opportunities to create a safer pedestrian environment because more destinations can be accessed by transit and walking, and parking spaces can be shared between many locations.
  • Investment in the community and transit infrastructure can significantly enhance opportunity for low- and moderate-income families, though resulting property value increases can jeopardize this outcome. Strategies in the plan promote e-TOD to help developers, community organizations, and stakeholders fully understand the social and economic impacts of development near transit areas.

Figure 4.1 Zoning and Parcels in McKinley Park Eligible under the 2019 Chicago TOD Ordinance

McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan CMAP Existing Conditions Report TOD figure

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