March 8th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Marketing and Communication
IMDC Releases Draft Master Plan for Public Feedback Period
Revisions include recommendations and guidelines for enhancement and
sustainability in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts
CHICAGO– the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) today opened the public comment period for its 2016 Illinois Medical District (IMD) Master Plan. The numerous initiatives currently underway throughout the District necessitate an updated plan, which provides a framework for coordinated development and will help drive economic growth.
The 2016 Master Plan is the result of a 16 month collaboration between the IMDC and lead planning agency Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Additionally, Sam Schwartz Engineering and Site Design Group served as consultants. Development of the plan occurred in three phases. Priority areas include promoting urban style development, supporting transit use and walkability and providing quality amenities for District employees, patients, residents and visitors.
“We’ve socialized the plan among elected officials, City departments and our stakeholders,” said IMDC Executive Director Dr. McKinney. “Now we want to turn it over to the public, whose invaluable feedback will help determine the best path forward.”
Through research, data collection, interviews, meetings and focus groups, a report was created to highlight the existing conditions of the District and identify the needs of its diverse group of stakeholders. The existing conditions report also serves as a guide for future analysis and additional planning recommendations.
The data collected for the existing conditions report showed that the previous Master Plan, created in 1997, no longer aligns with many of the institutions’ plans for future expansion. The updated plan includes new recommendations to help institutions implement goals and policies to achieve a unified vision for the future of the District. It addresses the recognized need for modernization, sharing resources, improving amenities, safety and security.
In the third phase of the planning process, a document of design guidelines was created. These guidelines establish a set of requirements and recommendations for keeping in line with the goals of the M aster Plan. Among the design guidelines are requirements for building size and density, landscape areas, open spaces and streetscape.
“This extensive project is rooted in our desire to foster a collaborative, well-connected environment for our stakeholders and the community,” continued Dr. McKinney. “By working together, we can achieve common goals and build upon what is already a world class urban medical district.”
The IMDC is planning to host a series of community meetings, during which time residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the plan and offer their feedback. The dates and times of those meetings will be announced at a later date. The public comment period will remain open until Monday, April 4th. Individuals can also submit feedback via email at IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. Individuals who do not have access to email can call 312-738-5800 and ask to speak with IMDC Manager of Operations and Planning, Chris Fahey.
The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMDC facilitates collaboration among clinicians, academic researchers, private industry and patients, acting as an independent third party convener that brings institutions and individuals together around common needs, goals and themes. Our mission is to be a leader in patient care and medical research utilizing our diversity and unique assets while driving economic growth. www.medicaldistrict.org