Unite Against 5150 Nw Hwy Upzoning

We need your help - Fighting the City is Expensive
Help us to let our voices be heard loud and clear that we oppose the planned development at 5150 N. Northwest Highway, another high-density proposal.

We have organized as a community to fight this planned development. To keep up this fight, we need community support to help cover the cost of legal fees, traffic studies, appraisals, printing, etc. Please help us by donating whatever you can to help fight the development planned for 5150 N Northwest Highway.

We oppose the 5-story/75' Storage Warehouse and the 7-12 story residential building because:

More community input needed: Alderman Arena unilaterally downzoned the 5150 parcel. He did that after a company bought it and was in process of renovating it for a permitted use. There was no community input into his decision and now he is bound by a settlement agreement to support the zoning change to the highest density zoning category in the surrounding area.  A change like that deserves significant community input!

Existing Community Plans: This project does not comply with the recommendations of four stories or less in the Gladstone Park Corridor study, which was signed off on my Alderman Arena and created after 2 years of community input.

Safety: The added congestion will exacerbate the already dangerous intersection at Milwaukee/Foster/Central and imperil safety in the area.

Overcrowded schools: According to Alderman John Arena, our schools are “only 117%” overcrowded. A 100 unit tower with 51 three bedroom apartments, combined with the already approved 200 units elsewhere, will make overcrowding much worse!

Infrastructure: Creating two huge buildings may negatively impact our aging infrastructure and add to basement flooding in the immediate area.  Before continued density is added to our low-density community, infrastructure risks and concerns must be addressed.


Any funds raised but not spent to oppose the development will be donated to a reputable Veteran's support organization and a support organization for individuals with disabilities.


The planned development at 5150 N. Northwest Highway (#19084) does not comply with the recommendations of the Gladstone Park Corridor Study in that both proposed buildings exceed four stories. In an effort to maintain the character of our neighborhood, community residents, business owners, Aldermen Arena and Laurino, State Representative Martwick, and Senator Mulroe agreed that all new buildings should not exceed 4 stories within the corridor. Spot zoning and extreme density as planned will forever change the character of our neighborhood.

This campaign has been started as an effort by Northwest Side Unite. Northwest Side Unite is a group of neighbors from Jefferson Park that created a non-profit entity to fight against the continued density that is being brought to our neighborhood without broad community support or input. All funds will be withdrawn into the non-profit's account and will be used to pay legal fees, advertising, printing, etc to support the cause.


  • Jennifer Mejia
    • $25 
    • 7 yrs


Northwest Side Unite
Chicago, IL

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