1415 W. Morse

Second Community Meeting on 1415 W. Morse

The owner of 1415 W. Morse, Mark Falanga, will join the 49th Ward office for a community meeting on Monday, April 12, at 6 pm. 


The developer will share updated plans based on the community feedback residents submitted to our office, from conversations with the adjacent property owner and tenants, and based on feedback from the city's Department of Buildings and Department of Planning and Development.  

Register to attend the meeting online at bit.ly/1415wmorse. Spanish translation will be available.

1415 W. Morse Survey Results & Update

Thank you for taking the time to engage with our office by attending the community meeting last month and providing feedback on the proposal for 1415 W. Morse.

Our office received 86 responses to the online survey, with 60 percent of respondents supporting the proposal in its current iteration. As reflected in the infographic, the building's design, the impact on light, alley usage, and noise were the biggest concerns 49th Ward residents have about the proposal. Others, however, expressed strong support for the additional density in the neighborhood creating more support for local businesses and the addition of affordable and accessible units near the Red Line. 

Our office shared the feedback and input with the developer to see how it can be incorporated into the proposal. We are also in conversations with the Department of Buildings, Planning and Development, and the adjacent building owner on the best path to address the concerns respondents expressed in the survey. We will keep the community apprised of any proposed changes from the developer and continue to solicit feedback and host community meetings. The first meeting was only the first step in creating a long-term plan for the vacant lot. 

Stay tuned for further updates and the next steps. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions at office@49thward.org or Torrence@49thward.org. 

Submit Feedback on 1415 W. Morse Proposal Thru March 1, 2021

On February 11, 2021, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss a proposed development and zoning change request for the property located at 1415 W. Morse. We would like to hear from residents their feedback on the proposal. Click the buttons below to view the presentation provided at the February 11 meeting and then submit your feedback. More information on the development is also available below. 

Community Meeting February 11 for
Proposed Zoning Change for 1415 W. Morse

The owner of 1415 W. Morse, Mark Falanga, is requesting to a zoning change from B3-2 to B3-3. They are also requesting a rear setback variation, which would reduce the rear yard setback from 30 feet to 10 feet. 

The parcel at 1415 W. Morse has an existing four-story building with a total of 14 residential units and three commercial storefronts facing Morse Avenue. The zoning change would allow the owner to construct on the rear of the building a five-story addition that would comprise of 16 residential 1-bedroom/1-bathroom units.

The zoning change would trigger the Affordable Requirements Ordinance, which means that two units would be set aside as affordable for people making 60% of the Area Median Income. 

The existing four-story building is undergoing a complete renovation. The addition on the rear of the building would be a continuation of the improvements to the property. 

The plans include ground floor parking for 11 vehicles, a roof deck lined with plantings, and the installation of an elevator. The existing building does not have an elevator and only has seven parking spaces. The site is adjacent to the Morse Red Line station, making it a transit-oriented development. 

The rear addition would not be visible from Morse street. The increased height from the addition on the rear building will be offset by the front, thereby decreasing the massing on Morse Avenue. 

The owner will join our office on Thursday, February 11, from 6-7 pm for a community meeting to discuss a proposed zoning change to the site.

Register to attend the community meeting at bit.ly/1415morse. Spanish translation will be available. 

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Ward Service Office:

1447 W. Morse Ave

Chicago, IL 60626



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