West Old Town Neighbors

Neighborhood Association for Residents in West Old Town

Public Safety Workshop – 18th District  — June 13, 2019
Calling all Neighbors- It’s clean and green time: 4/27 — March 31, 2019
Neighborhood Social Sept. 26, 6-8:30 pm — September 12, 2018

Neighborhood Social Sept. 26, 6-8:30 pm

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This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and get outside for some fresh air.* Feel free to bring chairs, tables, beverages, food, pets and children. Blackhawk Street between Cleveland and the alley west will be closed off to through traffic. We will have sign ups for upcoming neighborhood safety walks as well.

*Studies have shown that safety increases when neighbors are engaged and familiar with each other.

Community Presentation 2/22 – Yondorf Hall – 758 W. North Ave. – development plan — February 14, 2018

Community Presentation 2/22 – Yondorf Hall – 758 W. North Ave. – development plan

WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
WHERE: Yondorf Hall – 758 W. North Ave.

From Alderman Hopkins office:

Join me at a presentation co-hosted by Steppenwolf Theatre Company (STC), the West Old Town Neighbors (WOTN) and my office for Yondorf Hall located at 758 W. North Avenue. As you may be aware, STC solicited proposals from qualified developers to acquire and redevelop the adjoining site and its adjacent parking lot.

The applicant is proposing a new mixed-use, residential development with ground floor
commercial space that would require a zoning change from a B3-2 to a B3-5.
Per my direction, representatives from the selected development team will present their
plan to redevelop the site. My office will attend this meeting to monitor the discussion
and record your feedback.

I work hard to provide an open and transparent community review of development
proposals within the ward. Please join me to engage in a direct dialogue with the
development team to gain a better understanding of the proposal and to receive
answers to your questions.

In the meantime, if I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact my
office at 312-643-2299, or via email at Ward02@cityofchicago.org.

Sincerely,

Brian Hopkins
Alderman, 2nd Ward

Town Hall meeting with Ald. Burnett – Feb. 7 @ 6:30 pm – Meeting Minutes update — January 30, 2018

Town Hall meeting with Ald. Burnett – Feb. 7 @ 6:30 pm – Meeting Minutes update

West Old Town Neighbors – Meeting Minutes

Town Hall with Alderman Burnett Jr.

6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 , Art on Sedgwick, 1408 North Sedgwick, Chicago, Illinois

Introduction. The WOTN Town Hall meeting convened at 6:30pm at Art on Sedgwick. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting on a cold February evening. Melinda Kramer thanked Charlie Branda for providing the meeting venue and introduced Alderman Burnett with a brief overview of his experience and cited the numerous committees he participates in within the City organizations.

Town Hall Discussion –

Alderman Burnett told attendees about his background and history in the Cabrini and Old Town neighborhood. He explained his position regarding mixed income communities – he believes that mixed income versus all low or all high income housing is important to the community. He explained that the CHA has its own leadership and ownership in all of the mandated replacement housing and that he works hard to keep these efforts mixed income.

Alderman Burnett spoke about the Near North High School park area (1500 N Larrabee) and that he is working to make that a park space for the community and wants feedback to support that position. He explained that the city is in favor of that space as a park but there are still some obstacles with HUD and CHA to get the space designated as a park space for the community. There will be upcoming meetings on this.

Alderman Burnett invited and introduced Commander Paul Bauer from the 18th Police Precinct to discuss crime and safety. Commander Bauer introduced himself and provided his background. He acknowledged the crime increases and spoke about the challenges the police have today. He cited a few key issues – criminals are being quickly released from jails and repeating their crimes, demand for drugs is high so dealers are active, police resources are constrained. On a positive note, he highlighted that there are new police academy graduates in the pipeline and it is important that residents call 911 to report all crime or illegal activity so they have the data to support resource allocations. The Commander acknowledged that more cameras help somewhat but that the crime/drug dealers typically just move to another location.

Attendees raised many questions about crime, safety, trash on streets, housing development and the park timeline. The Alderman and Commander responded to these questions and the meeting ran an extra hour to discuss those topics in more detail. Some of the responses are noted here:

  • The Alderman will provide additional trash cans in the neighborhood. He requested that residents contact Ms. Diamond Segretti (Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation 312-909-3041) to request service locations.
  • The Alderman instructed those who want to provide input to the mixed income development plans to contact the CHA for meeting dates and discussion.
  • The Alderman does not have a timeframe for the park development due to legal processes that are underway.
  • The Commander reminded everyone that calling 911 to report issues is critical to enabling appropriate response and resources.

Adjournment

The next regular West Old Town Neighbors meeting is April 10, 2018 at 6 pm at Eva’s Café.

01/11/18: Community Meeting for a Planned Development Proposal at 633 W. North Ave. (Father & Son Plaza) — December 22, 2017

01/11/18: Community Meeting for a Planned Development Proposal at 633 W. North Ave. (Father & Son Plaza)

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North Ave.
Wrigley Auditorium
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Please join 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins for a formal presentation of a revised
proposed development for Father and Son Plaza, located at 633 W. North Ave. No RSVP is
required.

White Oak Realty Partners is proposing a new mixed-use, residential development with
ground floor commercial space that would require a zoning change from a B3-2 to a B3-5.

In December 2016, a public meeting was held to review the first proposal for the site,
followed by presentations to local community groups. Alderman Hopkins ultimately
rejected the proposal, citing concerns about height, density and traffic.

Recently, a revised proposal was submitted to the Alderman’s office and to community
groups for review. Alderman Hopkins seeks your input on the amended concept.

If you are unable to attend, there will be a digital presentation and feedback survey
published the day after the meeting on the 2nd Ward website and via newsletter.

Please contact the 2nd Ward Office at Ward02@cityofchicago.org with any questions or
comments in the interim, and we hope to see you there!