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Study Description

This project analyzed transit options and opportunities in three neighborhoods in the City of Chicago where Chicago Housing Authority properties and adjacent city and privately-owned properties are being transformed into mixed-income communities. The sites include the Oakland community on the near south side, the Lake Street corridor on the near west side, and the Cabrini-Green redevelopment area on the near north side.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2006
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:City of Chicago
Current Activities:Near North Study Area
The City of Chicago renovated the 70-year old Clark/Division Red Line CTA station by rebuilding the original 1940s mezzanine and platform and built a new mezzanine at LaSalle Street and Division, providing improved access to the station from the Near North study area. The new 8000-foot mezzanine entrance at LaSalle is equipped with two elevators, one between the entrance and the mezzanine and another connecting the mezzanine to the platform.

The City is also allocating CMAQ funding to construct pedestrian access improvements at the North and Clybourn Red Line station, improving transit access in the Near North study area. A new Target store at Larabee and Division opened in 2013 on 3.6 acres of former CHA land. Also, the New City mixed-use development opened in 2015 on 8.5 acres of land at Clybourn and Halsted and includes 360,000 square feet of shops, 199 apartments and 40,000 square feet of medical office space. Several multi-family developments have been constructed in the study area especially along Division and Orleans. In 2018 the long-standing Wayman AME Church, which served Cabrini Green residents for many years, was sold for more residential redevelopment.

Near West Study Area
The new Damen Green Line station on Lake Street is under construction. The Chicago Bulls have opened new practice facilities as well as restaurants, bars, a team store and event space in the parking lot east of the United Center as an economic development driver for the area around the stadium. The CTA used $23M in TIF funds to reconstruct the Medical District Blue Line Station, serving the Near West study area. The station house was reconstructed, an elevator was added and ramps to the platform were rebuilt. All three entrances--at Ogden Avenue, Damen Avenue and Paulina Street--are now accessible. Other renovations include lighting upgrades, additional security cameras, CTA bus and train tracker displays and repairs to the station platform canopy.
In 2017 new multifamily developments began taking shape in the study area, including the construction of affordable senior housing on the SE corner of Paulina and Washington, as well as the announcement by the Illinois Housing Development Authority of a federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits award to construct the Warren Apartments, a mixed-income, 75 unit apartment building at Madison and Ashland.

Mid-South Study Area
In 2013, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Bronzeville Alliance completed a land use plan intended to drive economic development along three corridors (43rd, 47th and 51st Streets) and their corresponding CTA Green Line Stations utilizing recommendations found within the Reconnecting Neighborhoods plan.
Information Updated:October 2018
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Study Documents
Reconnecting Neighborhoods Final Recommendations Report (July 15, 2009)
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Illinois Senate Districts:13 Robert Peters, 2 Omar Aquino, 3 Mattie Hunter, 5 Patricia Van Pelt, 6 Sara Feigenholtz
Illinois House Districts:10 Jawaharial Williams, 12 Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer, 25 Curtis Tarver, 26 Kambium Buckner, 4 Delia Ramirez, 5 Lamont Robinson, 6 Sonya M. Harper, 9 Arthur Turner
County Board Districts:Cook 1, Cook 12, Cook 2, Cook 3
Chicago Wards:1 Daniel La Spata, 2 Brian Hopkins, 26 Roberto Maldonado, 27 Walter Burnett, Jr., 28 Jason Ervin, 3 Pat Dowell, 4 Sophia King, 42 Brendan Reilly
Councils of Mayors:Chicago
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