COMMUNITY INPUT


In the fall of 2014, former 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon, alongside the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), carried out a participatory planning process to discuss the development of the underutilized city-owned Emmett Street Parking lot. Affordable housing was the top priority identified by the community for the development of the lot.

Based upon the community input gathered in the fall of 2014, not-for-profit affordable housing developer Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Landon Bone Baker Architects worked with the Chicago Housing Authority, the City of Chicago, 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and Logan Square Preservation to craft a proposal for a 100% affordable mixed-use building with 100 apartment units and 4,500 square feet of retail space. For full details on the proposal click here

In order for this proposal to move forward it must receive approval from the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council. 

Under Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa's commitment to community-driven zoning and development, a community input meeting was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Avondale-Logandale Elementary (3212 W. George) from 6:30-8:00PM. At this meeting, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation presented information to 35th Ward residents on the zoning map amendment they seek. 35th Ward residents had the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the proposed zoning map amendment. The vast majority of attendees supported the proposal, with 77% of comment cards submitted immediately following the meeting in support of the project.  

Written comments were also accepted by the Alderman's office for a two week period following the public input meeting. That period ended on May 8, 2019. In total, the 35th Ward Office received input from nearly 1,500 people, of which 1,248 provided home addresses. The vast majority of individuals that provided feedback were in support of the proposal, and based upon the favorable outcome of the Community-Driven Zoning and Development (CDZD) process, Alderman Ramirez-Rosa is fully backing the proposal. Click here for a full summary of the CDZD process.

The next hurdle for this development is the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10AM at City Hall (Second Floor, Council Chambers), 121 N. LaSalle Street. We need you there to raise your voice in support of this development! The opponents of this development have vowed to attend this meeting en masse, in an attempt to convince the Chicago Plan Commission to oppose the project. We have to show up and let Chicago Plan Commission members know that this development has the overwhelming support of our community! 

Our community has marched for 100% affordable housing at the Emmett Street parking lot, we have knocked on doors to talk to our neighbors, and we have raised our voices at public meetings. Now it is time to bring Emmett home by ensuring it passes the Chicago Plan Commission! 

The next hurdle for this development is the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10AM at City Hall (Second Floor, Council Chambers), 121 N. LaSalle Street. We need you there to raise your voice in support of this development! The opponents of this development have vowed to attend this meeting en masse, in an attempt to convince the Chicago Plan Commission to oppose the project. We have to show up and let Chicago Plan Commission members know that this development has the overwhelming support of our community!

Our community has marched for 100% affordable housing at the Emmett Street parking lot, we have knocked on doors to talk to our neighbors, and we have raised our voices at public meetings. Now it is time to bring Emmett home by ensuring it passes the Chicago Plan Commission!

We hope to see you at City Hall on Thursday, October 17, 2019 and invite you to travel to City Hall with your neighbors.

TRAVEL TO CITY HALL WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS: Join us at 8:30AM on October 17 at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) office, 2840 N. Milwaukee, to ride the Blue Line together to City Hall. We'll depart LSNA at 8:45AM to arrive at City Hall by 9:30AM.

IN EVENT OF CPS STRIKE: Teachers may go on strike on Thursday, October 17. If they do, we invite you to join us at Avondale-Logandale School, 3212 W. George (Kedzie and Wellington), starting at 7:30AM. We'll walk the picket line with our teachers, rally outside of the school with our teachers at 8:15AM, and then walk over to the Logan Square Blue Line (Kedzie and Milwaukee) to ride the train to City Hall!