|January 6, 2020|
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), with the support of Alderman Dowell, have come together with 78 developer Related Midwest to announce the formation of a Community Advisory Council for the 78 development. Alderman Dowell encourages neighborhood residents who are interested in being part of the development discussion apply to join the newly formed advisory council. A limited number of seats on the advisory council will be designated for residents from impacted communities adjacent to the development site.
The full press release and link to the advisory council application (www.chicago.gov/78) is below.
- The creation of HIRE360, an innovative, cross-industry partnership co-founded by Related Midwest to provide sustainable career opportunities for local residents, women- and minority-owned businesses, and supply-chain partners across Chicago. It will fulfill a 360-degree vision for community-connected employment within The 78
- The completion of the second phase of the Wells-Wentworth connector, a new roadway being constructed through The 78 by the Chicago Department of Transportation between Roosevelt and Cermak roads. The third and final phase is expected to be completed in 2021.
- The development of a plan by the University of Illinois System for its Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), which will occupy approximately 500,000 square feet of research and educational space within The 78. DPI is an education and innovation center that will join Illinois’ businesses, public-sector partners and research universities to close the new-economy workforce gap, expand the diversity of the talent pipeline, and elevate the state’s research and development economy.
Thank you to everyone who joined Alderman Dowell for the recent Town Hall meeting at Bronzeville Classical School. And thank you to all the presenters who participated in the meeting. This informative discussion included presentations on: the new development proposed for 39th St. and King Drive, an update from CPS Network 9, a Pete’s Fresh Market update, an overview of the proposed development for 43rd St., an introduction to Chicago fines and fees reform and a recreational cannabis policy overview. A copy of the presentation given at the Town Hall meeting can be found below.
The following fliers detail proposed changes to the St. Charles Air Line which runs through the South Loop just north of 16th St. The flier is a general overview of the proposed project, which covers the track and bridges between Clark St. and Michigan Ave. Fliers for each individual bridge will be created and each flier will be consistently updated throughout the life of the project to let residents know exactly what is happening in the neighborhood. Each flier also contains a phone number for questions or to register complaints with Canadian National (CN). The City of Chicago is working with CN to negotiate the best possible outcome for this project in order to limit not only the impact construction has on residents, but also to mitigate any long-term impact the track realignment may have on the community.