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Draft Wicker Park Traffic Report Released by Trader Joe's Says No Impact To Traffic

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

image courtesy of DNAInfo

Wicker Park - It's no secret Trader Joe's has their eye on the former Miller lumber site at 1811 - 1825 W. Division Street. The grocer would occupy approximately 14,000 square feet at ground level and would provide 70+ parking spaces in the 3 story structure. A meeting earlier this year at the LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School between parents with children at the school and the developers was tense. The school is located directly across the street from the proposed Trader Joe's site and the school would, essentially, be directly across the street from the loading area and access to the garage.

The meeting back in early March ended with Trader Joe's being tasked with doing a traffic flow study to determine how adding a large retailer with 70+ parking spaces would affect the neighborhood.

The draft of that traffic study was released on Monday.

The draft is still pending additional input from Chicago's Transportation Department and doesn't consider the impact to cyclists and pedestrians. Yet according to the Draft Report distributed this week, with minor routing changes, the traffic would be no worse than it is now.

The Trader Joe's plan includes a number of modifications to enhance overall traffic flow including: making Honore a 2-way street between Thomas and Division Street and changing Marion Street so it becomes 1 way North to Ellen Street versus 1-way South to Division Street as it is today.

There are additional hurdles to overcome. Trader Joe's must first get 2 package liquor moratoriums lifted and address Illinois' state law prohibiting liquor sales within 100 feet of a school. 

But according to a report published earlier this week by DNAInfo, Trader Joe's has already signed a lease. 

Trader Joe's Traffic Study DRAFT (1st Ward)

Trader Joe's Wicker Park Traffic Study Leaves Some Neighbors Worried [DNAInfo]

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