Daniel Solis

Finkl steel site, other industrial sites could see looser zoning restrictions

Finkl steel site, other industrial sites could see looser zoning restrictions

The city of Chicago announced a plan Monday aimed at injecting life into sleepy industrial corridors, including the site of the former A. Finkl & Sons steel plant on the North Side.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching a "public review process" that could loosen zoning restrictions in 26 industrial corridors, opening them up to potential retail, residential, technology or commercial development. Some of the industrial land is underused, which has a "blighting effect," the mayor said in a news release.

The review will lead to formal recommendations to the Chicago City Council. The city said public meetings will be held, and consultants will be hired to do...

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