DePaul neighbors weigh school's expansion plan

Lincoln Park residents will have a chance discuss DePaul University's expansion plans when the Sheffield Neighborhood Association holds its final meeting on the topic this evening.

The university recently unveiled a 10-year master plan that includes adding a 140-room hotel, dorms and 44,000 square feet of retail space to its Lincoln Park campus, on the corner of Fullerton and Sheffield. The plan also calls for expanding the facilities for the Theater School and School of Music, and closing North Kenmore between Belden and Fullerton to cars, turning it into a pedestrian mall.

The association's planning chairman, Ted Wrobleski, says the group has a good relationship with DePaul. The recent plan has garnered little opposition, he says.

“Basically one of the concerns is the size of the new buildings, how tall they’re going to be and how that would fit into the character of the neighborhood,” says Wrobleski.

Due to the scope and range of this plan, Wrobleski wants everyone to be heard one last time.

“We distributed 4,700 flyers in the neighborhood and we sent out emails, so I’m hoping we’ll get at least 100 people,” says Wrobleski.

The meeting is scheduled for 7pm in the McGowan Science Building.