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Record #: SO2018-4151   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 5/23/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Housing and Real Estate
Final action: 6/27/2018
Title: Conveyance of properties and associated access agreements with various railroads and Chicago Park District for expansion of S Wells St from W Roosevelt Rd to W 16th St
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Topic: AGREEMENTS - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. SO2018-4151.pdf, 2. O2018-4151.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit of local government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 (a) of the 1970 constitution of the State of Illinois and, as such, may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Department of Transportation ("CDOT") has proposed a series of projects for the extension of South Wells Street from its present southerly terminus at Roosevelt Road to connect with the proposed northerly extension of South Wentworth Avenue from its current northerly terminus at 16th Street ("Project"); and

WHEREAS, the Project will include the construction and installation of two rail over highway grade separation structures (collectively, "New Bridges"): a) a Bridge to elevate the track and right of way known as the Saint Charles Airline ("New SCAL Bridge") which right of way is owned jointly by the Illinois Central Railroad Company (ICR"), Union Pacific Railroad Company ("UPR"), and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad ("BNSF") and b) a Bridge to elevate the track and right of way known as the Freeport Subdivision ("New ICR Bridge") which is owned by ICR; and
WHEREAS, the owner of certain property needed for the construction of the Project has agreed to dedicate such property to the City and such property is legally described on Exhibit A which is attached and incorporated ("Wentworth Parcels"); and

WHEREAS, the Wentworth Parcels are to be dedicated or conveyed subject to an existing easement for the Saint Charles Airline ("Existing SCAL Bridge Easement"); and

WHEREAS, in order to construct the New SCAL Bridge, the City requires a) the dedication or conveyance of a parcel of property legally described on Exhibit B which is attached and incorporated ("SCAL Parcel") which is owned jointly by ICR, UPR and BNSF ("SCAL Railroads"), and b) the amendment of the Existing SCAL Bridge Easement; and

WHEREAS, CDOT has agreed with ICR, UPR and BNSF upon the...

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