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$177M project hopes to enhance Oak Street beach and LSD

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

An expensive renovation project for the lakefront from Olive Park to North Avenue Beach has been proposed.

The plan would include straightening the S-curve of Lake Shore Drive, burying part of LSD underground and adding a new offshore island, according to a report by DNAinfo Chicago.

A meeting was held earlier this week in Streeterville by residents of the town regarding the lakefront renovation, as well as expanding beaches at Ohio and Oak streets. The expansion at Ohio and Oak would add an additional 60 acres of parkland to the lakefront. Brian Hopkins, who plans to run against Ald. Bob Fioretti, hosted the get together.

Considering the cost of the renovation project would be around $177 million, it’s interesting that residents of Streeterville, and not a development team, came together to commission the renovation project. The residents are highly motivated to improve their neighborhood. The project would be worked on by the architecture firm VOA Associates.

"In the next few years, they're gonna be fully redoing Lake Shore Drive, and this is really the opportunity to take the focus ... a little bit off the Drive and reframe it on everything that the area could be," said Michael Loganbill, a landscape architect with VOA at an On the Table presentation and workshop hosted by the Chicago Community Trust. "If we don't do that, it's truly a missed opportunity."

Loganbill also said that the offshore island would allow extra protection to the lakeshore. The project would ultimately create 1.2 miles of additional shoreline.

Hopkins added that there already is "substantial and sincere interest in funding this from the private sector."

The entire project would be finished in four or five years.

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