January 4, 2021
The Lightfoot administration has launched a study to enhance the northern five miles of Western Avenue as a neighborhood amenity and will seek stakeholder participation. It’s being financed entirely by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues from four North Side TIF Districts.
“This is an opportunity to identify and maximize new development opportunities and small business growth while improving the corridor experience for all users, especially motorists, public-transit users and pedestrians,” said Maurice Cox, Department of Planning and Development Commissioner.
The $240,000 planning project will seek input from the multiple communities that intersect the study area, including portions of North Center, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, West Ridge and West Rogers Park. The study will consider opportunities for higher-density and transit-oriented development, pedestrian safety, economic diversity, and transitions with lower-scale residential areas surrounding the corridor.
Community stakeholders are invited to attend a virtual kick-off meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Paul Bubny