"Give voice to your vision for Uptown! Influence the re-use of the Stewart School building and a lot next to the Wilson CTA rail station. What would you like to see these sites become? Work with fellow community members and a team of development professionals to create specific, realistic, community-based proposals.
Each meeting builds on the one before, so we strongly encourage you to attend all three.
- Thursday, May 8
- Monday, May 12
- Thursday, May 29
Hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the office of Ald. James Cappleman (46th Ward). For more information, visit metroplanning.org/uptown."
MPC told us, "MPC is neutral about the outcomes of these meetings. Our goal is to provide the community with a proactive way to express what they want to see there, with the knowledge of what a developer can feasibly build."
UU Note: We urge you to read the background materials set forth by Metropolitan Planning Council, here. Very informative. One part to note: "CPS is required to sell the property to the highest 'responsible' bidder."
We also urge you to read the Report of the Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development. It gives costs of how much it costs to maintain closed schools -- Stewart requires $79,020 to maintain as an empty building and $305,733 to maintain occupied.
There are sections on how to build community partnerships and get grants and funding for various uses, such as affordable housing, market rate housing, new construction/ commercial development, new construction/ mixed use development, or a community resource center.
In short, no one is going to sell you a building for a dollar, so time to start doing some homework and figuring out how to get your favorite use for the building paired up with the "highest 'responsible' bidder" who can afford to maintain a building the size of Stewart. Metropolitan Planning Council is here for just that purpose, to get the community's feedback and guide us through the process.