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GREG HINZ ON POLITICS
June 04, 2019 11:39 AM UPDATED 14 HOURS AGO

One Central megaproject draws fire from south lakefront lawmakers

Officials cite local concerns about the real estate development west of Soldier Field that's in line to receive up to $5.1 billion in state funds—and demand a voice. But the developer insists locals will be fully involved.



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Perhaps pushed by neighborhood opposition, four lawmakers who represent the South Side lakefront have written Gov. J.B. Pritzker urging him to go slow on finalizing any deal for an up to $5.1 billion state investment in the proposed One Central megadevelopment on air rights west of Soldier Field.

In a letter dated May 31—the date the General Assembly authorized state officials to negotiate a contract finalizing a One Central deal without coming back to lawmakers—Sens. Mattie Hunter and Robert Peters, and Reps. Kam Buckner and Lamont Robinson all cited strong local concerns about the size of the project, which eventually could cost $20 billion or more.

All four officials are Democrats and represent the area around Soldier Field.

“Since this project could adversely affect residents, we ask you to make a commitment to us that you will not approve any agreements, regulatory changes or make any administrative decisions related to this project before consulting with local legislators,” the four wrote. “As representatives of this district we should have been notified.”

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