In September of 2013 the Village and the City of Chicago engaged the Urban Land Institute (ULI) through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to provide recommendations for redevelopment of the six-block span from Lincoln Avenue to McCormick Boulevard on Devon Avenue within the TIF District. As part of this report several recommendations were made regarding revitalization of the area. Specifically, the report recommends implementing enhancements such as improved lighting, landscaping, and facilities such as benches, trash receptacles, and bike racks. On October 28, 2013 the report was presented and subsequently endorsed by the Village Board. A video of the ULI presentation may be found here.
In response to the ULI’s recommendation the Village and the City of Chicago have been working together to design a roadway improvement project that includes significant improvements to pedestrian safety throughout the corridor. The project has been awarded a Surface Transportation Program Grant (STP), where 70% of the project’s costs will be covered by the State of Illinois with the remaining share split between the Village and the City of Chicago.
- Phase I Engineering (Concept Plan) – 2016
- Phase II Engineering (Detailed Plans) – 2017
- Construction – 2018
Phase I Engineering (Concept Plan)
The Village has contracted with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to develop a concept plan for the project. A public meeting was held on June 9, 2016 to allow for public comment on the plan. The consultant’s presentation, a comment card, and a video of the meeting may be found below. Comments may be submitted to the Public Works Department until June 23, 2016 to be included as part of the project’s public record.
Public Meeting – June 9, 2016