CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Bears have launched their plans and renderings for what might be the franchise’s new dwelling in Arlington Heights. The renderings are available a letter to native residents forward of Thursday evening’s assembly at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.
The workforce released the letter on their website Tuesday afternoon, detailing what will likely be greater than only a soccer stadium however “a multi-purpose leisure district,” the letter reads.
It is, in a phrase, bold: a sweeping leisure mecca anchored by an enclosed stadium that the Bears would name dwelling, although the design has but to be decided.
But along with the stadium complicated, there could be a mixed-use district that would come with eating places, places of work, and even residential housing.
“The diversification that the Bears are speaking about doing is, I imagine, to assist offset prices which are related to the stadium,” stated Marc Ganis, a sports activities enterprise guide with Sportscorp.
In the open letter, the Bears say the undertaking would create 48,000 jobs and a $9.4 billion financial influence to the area, with the potential to draw year-round occasions together with the Super Bowl, school soccer playoffs and Final Four.
The Bears should not asking for public cash for the stadium itself. But, the workforce stated it is looking for “extra funding and help” for that mixed-use district, which the Bears stated affords “long-term public advantages.”
“What they’re additionally saying is that the opposite improvement is vital to make the whole lot of the undertaking go, and it is going to want some public help,” Ganis stated.
But the thought of public funding is unpopular with some.
“Let me be clear. No public cash is required to develop this explicit website,” stated Martin Bauer, an Arlington Heights resident.
Arlington Heights Village Board members introduced a petition Tuesday evening signed by greater than 650 Arlington Heights residents calling for an ordinance that may bar public financing of the undertaking.
“Over and over once more, we have seen stadium offers and company welfare initiatives flip bitter for taxpayers throughout Illinois,” stated Brian Costin of Americans for Prosperity Illinois. We have no issues with the Bears coming… We simply suppose that they’re… they need to pay for it. They have the funds for to pay for it themselves.”
It comes as the town seeks to maintain the Bears in Chicago, proposing weeks in the past to place a dome on Soldier Field.
“We’ve received plan B, plan C, and others within the works as effectively if the Bears determine to desert the town of Chicago,” Lightfoot stated.
The Arlington Heights Village Manager declined to touch upon the Bears proposal, saying the village has not been introduced something formal to assessment. He stated the village is making ready to announce a number of public conferences to assemble neighborhood enter.
Thursday’s neighborhood assembly will happen at John Hersey High School from 7-9 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and attendance is first come, first serve till capability is reached.
Read the total letter beneath:
In September 2021, the Chicago Bears signed an settlement for the aim of buying 326 acres of property in Arlington Heights to safe the potential of starting a brand new and thrilling chapter there. We stay beneath contract to buy the property, however there are situations that should be met to be able to be able to shut. If we do shut on the property, it doesn’t assure we’ll develop it. While beneath contract with the vendor of Arlington Park, we is not going to be discussing or exploring another various stadium websites or alternatives, together with renovations of Soldier Field. Much stays to be determined, however any choice will likely be made in one of the best pursuits of the Bears long-term future, our followers and the Chicagoland neighborhood.
If the workforce does proceed with the acquisition of the Arlington Park property, and if the Bears group then chooses to proceed with the event of the property, the undertaking will likely be one of many largest improvement initiatives in Illinois state historical past. We envision a multi-purpose leisure district anchored by a brand new, best-in-class enclosed stadium, offering Chicagoland with a brand new dwelling worthy of internet hosting international occasions such because the Super Bowl, College Football Playoffs, and Final Four.
Make no mistake, that is far more than a stadium undertaking. Any improvement of Arlington Park will suggest to incorporate a multi-purpose leisure, industrial/retail, and housing district that may present appreciable financial advantages to Cook County, the encompassing area and State of Illinois. The long-term undertaking imaginative and prescient for your complete property is an ongoing work-in-progress, however might embrace: eating places, workplace area, resort, health heart, new parks and open areas, and different enhancements for the neighborhood to get pleasure from.
Above all, the Bears group is dedicated to making sure the undertaking serves Cook County, the Chicagoland neighborhood and other people of Illinois 12 months a yr. If the choice is made to develop Arlington Park, it will yield important financial advantages commensurate with the size of the undertaking. Construction of the proposed undertaking is projected to create greater than 48,000 jobs, lead to $9.4 billion in financial influence for Chicagoland, and supply $3.9 billion in labor revenue to employees throughout the area, whereas the finished undertaking will create greater than 9,750 long-term jobs, lead to $1.4 billion in annual financial influence for Chicagoland and supply $601 million in annual labor revenue to employees throughout Chicagoland. We additionally anticipate that the event will generate $16 million in annual tax income along with property taxes for Arlington Heights, $9.8 million for Cook County, and $51.3 million for the State of Illinois.
While the Bears will search no public funding for direct stadium construction development, given the broad, long-term public advantages of this undertaking, we look ahead to partnering with the varied governmental our bodies to safe extra funding and help wanted to help the feasibility of the rest of the event.
We are taking severe steps to guage the distinctive alternative introduced to us. The Bears stay dedicated to Soldier Field and can honor the phrases of its lease. While the prospect of a transit-oriented mixed-use and leisure district anchored by a brand new enclosed stadium is thrilling for the Bears and your complete state, there may be a lot work to be carried out earlier than we will shut on the property, after which, whether or not we’ll develop it. We look ahead to working with key companions and stakeholders throughout the Chicagoland neighborhood and State of Illinois within the months forward.
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