Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chicago Marine Community Gets One Step Closer to Two New Harbors

Proposed 31st Street Harbor

Proposed Gateway Harbor

Two innovative proposals for new harbors were presented to the Chicago Plan Commission this afternoon and approved.  The proposals reached the first hurdle of many on their way to becoming actual harbors.  

The first  Harbor- Gateway harbor will be located at 600 E. Grand Avenue and 703-715 East North Water Street (site formerly known as Dime pier just south of Navy Pier).  The application proposed to build a new 2,000 foot long pier with approximately 240 new boat slips and approximately 11,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space.  The proposed use of the slips would be for transient dockage.

The second harbor is to be located at 3035-3433 South Lake Shore Drive just south of the existing 31st street beach house.  The 'marina facility' would house approximately 850 boat slips (30' to 85'), 335 below grade parking spaces in a green roof covered parking garage, 2 acres of new green space and approximately 15,00 square feet of retail, restaurant and community space.

Both harbor projects are a welcome addition to the Chicago boating community as the last new harbor to be built here was DuSable harbor which opened at the start of this decade.  The most exciting part is that the 31st street marina facility will house a community sailing program exposing our community on the South side to Chicago's best asset (in our biased opinion) Lake Michigan.

Stay tuned...

For more information visit -Chicago Park District and PBC Projects

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