I am writing to invite you to attend a community meeting to review plans for the new Howard Street streetscape project. The meeting will take place Monday, November 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard.
Representatives of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program, as well as the design firms assigned to the project, will present the plans for this project, which is scheduled for groundbreaking next year.
The streetscape design for Howard Street from the Howard el station to Sheridan Road was the result of a community process put into place nearly ten years ago. The final plan was presented to the community at a public meeting in November 2003. Implementation of the project was put on hold, however, until a funding source could be identified.
After the CTA in 2008 requested funds from the Howard Paulina Tax Increment Financing District to complete the construction of the new Howard el station, I secured an agreement from the City of Chicago Department of Planning to allow use of the TIF funds to pay for the Howard Street streetscape project, as well. This was in keeping with the community’s desire expressed at an August 2008 meeting to see both the Howard El Station rehabilitation completed and the implementation of the Howard Street streetscape plan.
I look forward to the implementation of this exciting project!