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Plan Commission Chair Steps Down After Seven Years

At what turned out to be Martin Cabrera Jr.’s final meeting as chair, the Chicago Plan Commission recently approved three large-scale projects. The commission endorsed an apartment high-rise to replace a parking garage at 50 E. Randolph St.; an office-and-hotel complex at 1043 W. Fulton Market; and Sterling Bay and Magellan Development Group’s plan for a 510-foot hotel-and-residential tower at 300 N. Michigan Ave.

Cabrera announced his resignation as the meeting ended. Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to take the commission “in a different direction,” Cabrera told the Chicago Sun-Times, and he submitted his resignation to give her the opportunity.

Cabrera’s seven-year tenure has seen the commission endorse more than 250 projects, including Lincoln Yards and the Obama Presidential Center. He said he’s most proud of serving at a time when developers of Chicago’s largest private projects were required to sign affidavits spelling out efforts to share the wealth with minorities.

Pictured: Lincoln Yards

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