Judge dismisses suit by neighbors to halt development at Wolf Point
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter November 19, 2013 4:36PM
Wolf Point on the Chicago River | Sun-Times files
Updated: December 21, 2013 6:33AM
Wolf Point — the $1 billion high-rise development under construction at one of Chicago’s earliest settled sites — got a boost Tuesday when a federal judge tossed a lawsuit brought by its neighbors.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said condo owners on the opposite side of the Chicago River from Wolf Point don’t have a constitutional right to their iconic views of downtown.
Wolf Point’s three towers are being built at the fork of the North and South branches of the Chicago River, in front of the River Point building that contains the Chicago Sun-Times’ offices.
The suit, filed by the Residences at Riverbend Condominium Association in May, alleged that the city bent its planning rules to help the Kennedy family, which owns the property, and that the towers would ruin the views from Riverbend.
But dismissing the suit on Tuesday, St. Eve wrote that “Illinois courts do not recognize property values, air, or light as constitutionally protected property interests.”
The site was first settled in the late 1820s, and was home to Chicago’s first tavern, general store, hotel, drugstore and ferry crossing.