Category: Neighborhood Development

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Participatory Budgeting 2022-2023 Update

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Thank you so much to all who participated in our Participatory Budgeting (PB) process– the People’s Budget– this past year. By participating you helped decide how to spend public funds on community projects in the 40th Ward. We are pleased to share that we had close to 1,500 ballots entered for the 2022-2023 cycle!  How […]

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Update on TIF Improvements for Winnemac Park

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Funding requests for Winnemac Park I am excited to announce my support of the request for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) dollars for park improvements at Winnemac Park. The Park District is requesting $2 million for park improvements including a new artificial turf baseball infield, field drainage improvements, tennis court renovations and site improvements including pathway […]

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Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Construction Update

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Construction Review Meetings for the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape will be held both online and in person at the field office. The field office is located at 4546 Western Avenue, which is located just south of West Wilson Avenue. The first 10 to 15 minutes of each meeting will be spent on informing the public on […]

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West Edgewater Green Park (Park No. 599) Officially A Chicago Park District Location

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The deed for Park No. 599 (Edgewater) with Chicago Park District as the new owner was recorded today. The Planning and Development team at the Park District is finalizing designs and drawings in order to bid the project out.

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Chicago Park District Survey

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The Chicago Park District wants your input! What are they doing well? Where can they improve? What programs do you want? How can they serve you better at the park level, and the District overall? Please take a few minutes to share your feedback through their survey. It’s available in English, Spanish, Polish & Chinese. […]

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NOTICE OF INTENT – Clark/Summerdale/Ashland (Trader Joes)

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Dear Neighbors, Thank you to the many neighbors who attended our Community Driven Zoning Meeting via zoom on October 26th, and filling out our feedback survey in the two weeks since. Community Feedback After consideration of resident feedback, the Ward Office acknowledges the community support for the proposed Trader Joe’s location. We received over 700 […]

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Winnemac Park Dog Friendly Area (DFA) Update

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Since there has recently been interest in the Winnemac Park Dog Friendly Area (DFA) by new stakeholders, I want to provide some context about how this project came to be, and some clarity about its ongoing development.  From 2019 Participatory Budget Process to Community and DFA Committee The call for a DFA began in our […]

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Safe Streets Public Statement

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Over the past few weeks, families in the 40th Ward and its surrounding communities have been devastated due to serious and fatal accidents involving vehicles striking both pedestrians and cyclists. These injuries and deaths are heartbreaking and agonizing, and they were preventable. Our City needs comprehensive legislation to implement initiatives that protect Chicago’s cyclists and pedestrians. It […]

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Lincoln Avenue North Development Project

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Street development project and vision for Lincoln Avenue Our office is thrilled to announce plans for an upcoming large-scale street development project and vision for Lincoln Avenue! With support from the Department of Planning and Development and the Chicago Department of Transportation, we are launching a reimagining of what we will be calling Lincoln Avenue […]

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Lawrence and Western Community Visioning Town Hall

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On Thursday, 28 January 2021, Aldermen Vasquez (40th) and Martin (47th) hosted a Community Visioning Town Hall regarding proposed development at the northwest corner of the Lawrence/Western intersection. A recording of the Zoom meeting can be viewed in full here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/jQR4JhuTiwY5jHChg0H_bWtSH2wsvwjIffpyEIQlzD9-k6rcsGXBphaWyJ17Ft1t.loX-4mY09qSQfXAq Lawrence and Western Visioning Survey Over 1200 residents participated in our Lawrence and Western […]

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Lawrence/Western Development Plans Received by Ward Office

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Dear Neighbors, The 40th Ward office was recently made aware of plans to develop the lot at the northwest corner of Lawrence and Western, currently the 5th/3rd Bank building, with a two-story commercial development anchored by an undisclosed grocery retailer. The proposed development would be by-right within the existing zoning, which means the developer would […]

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Ainslie Arts Plaza

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On September 2, 2020, we held our first community meeting for the Ainslie Arts Plaza, which is the first city development project that I was able to initiate since taking office. The endeavor is a realization of my vision of incorporating art into our economic development as a way to unite the community while invigorating business […]