Important Alert – Nov. 2nd Zoom meeting on Proposed Zoning Change at 5828 N. Broadway

Alderman Osterman is holding a Zoom meeting to get input from the community on a proposed 5 story 20 unit development at 5828 N. Broadway that requires a zoning upgrade on Tuesday Nov, 2 at 6 PM.   The developer will make a presentation and answer questions and a vote will be taken.  The alderman will also be accepting written comments for 7 days following the meeting.   To register for the meeting go to:          

Whether you attend the zoom meeting or not we are strongly recommending that you also send a brief email comment to the alderman at: and/or harry@48thward.orgThe alderman has stated he will take both the vote at the Zoom meeting and the written comments into consideration when he makes his final decision on whether to approve the developer’s request.   


About 15 years ago EGA led a ballot initiative to downzone the west side of Broadway between Foster and Devon. The initiative passed with overwhelming support and the alderman then introduced legislation to implement its results.  The goal of the downzoning was to protect the integrity of our community by keeping taller and denser buildings from being built directly adjacent to our residential neighborhoods, restricting them to the east side of Broadway where the lots are deeper and back up on the el tracks.     

A developer is now asking for an exception to the zoning so he can build a 5 story 20 unit building at 5828 N. Broadway (see attached fact sheet below).  Under the current B1-2 zoning, which we fought hard to secure and want to continue to maintain, any new buildings can be no higher than 4 stories.   Once 1 exemption to the current zoning is granted it will only encourage other developers to use that example and try and to do the same down the road. 

All of the west Broadway block clubs (LBRC, BARGE, EPIC, EGA and ENN) are united in opposition to this zoning change.  We urge you to join the effort to stop this attempt to undermine our hard-fought zoning success by participating in the Zoom meeting on Nov. 2nd and email following the meeting.

Thank you,

The EGA Board

Fact Sheet: