Larry Fischman, a developer who owns the building at 4715 N. Sheridan, has recently initiated eviction notices to all the residential tenants at the crime-plagued property. The building houses Cafe Too on the first floor. He intends to refurbish the residential units and offer the property at market-rate rents.
Changes at Salvation Army Tom Seay Center:
This location, at 1025 W. Sunnyside, will no longer serve as an overnight shelter for the homeless. The Center will continue to provide daytime support, including hot meals, literacy programs, and personal care. UCC has sent letters to both the Salvation Army and REST, a homeless shelter located at 941 W. Lawrence, expressing concern about high levels of criminal activity based on data from CAPS.
-- Aldermen Mary Ann Smith (48) and Helen Shiller (46) are working on a streetscape of Broadway from Wilson to Devon. The street infrastructure near Broadway and Lawrence may be curbless to accommodate future outdoor festivals.
-- The Urban Land Institute is working with community members and elected officials on recommendations for enhancements of the Argyle Street commercial district.
-- Alderman Smith is launching a large redevelopment of the McCutcheon School campus. The school grounds will be linked to the McCormick Boys and Girls Club, providing access to amenities during school hours of operation. Additional programming will be introduced to assist the large population of homeless children at the school. Approximately 45% of the school's students are drawn from the Salvation Army family homeless shelter at Lawrence and Marine.
-- At its December meeting, UCC reviewed and approved plans for a special use permit by the North Side Federal Savings and Loan Association to build off-street parking at 1475 W. Foster Ave. The proposed parking area will accommodate up to 13 vehicles and includes green space and landscaping. UCC also approved plans for a special use permit by Robert Jeffrey Hair Salon to build a new location at 5142 N. Clark St.
Update: A few more news items that didn't make it in the UCC Newsletter:
Some news items shared by Uptown United members at a recent board meeting:
- Truman College expects to break ground on its Student Center/Parking Deck in mid-March.
- There is a new program focusing on opportunities for ex-offenders - operating at 4750 N. Sheridan.
- Lawrence House has recently taken on clients of Thresholds, a psycho-social rehabilitation agency headquartered in Ravenswood.
Some news shared by Alderman Smith at the most recent 48th Ward Zoning & Planning Committee (the congress of 48th Ward constituents which review and make recommendations on all proposed zoning changes and special use permits in her ward. (Oh, to have that sort of transparency in the 46th Ward!)
Alderman Smith reports that two parties remain interested in purchasing and renovating the Uptown Theatre for use as a concert venue. A related court case is proceeding - as many parties (including the City) have liens on the property related to prior repairs. She remains optimistic that good things are to come.
Alderman Smith and the Department of Planning have been collaborating on the possibility of creating a major transit center around the Berwyn Red Line Stop. Three TIFs converge in this area, including the Lawrence/Broadway Entertainment District TIF. The current vision is to raze the structures from Foster to Berwyn along the Red Line and create a mixed-use transit-oriented complex. Included could be:
- New indoor El stop
- Bus turnaround facility
- Kiss & Ride
- Bike Station
- O'Hare and Metra Station shuttles
- I-Go parking
- Day Care
- Mixed-income housing
In addition, Jewel would like to raze and redevelop its site at Broadway and Berwyn. More info to follow in the months to come.