I am thrilled to announce after many years of anticipation, we are finally prepared to break ground on a new streetscape for Howard Street from the Howard “L” station east to Sheridan Road.
To mark the occasion, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and I are hosting a ceremonial ground breaking on Monday, July 16th, 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Howard and Paulina Streets, just east of the Howard “L” station. Joining us will be Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Kelly Cassidy and representatives from Howard Street Special Service Area #19 and the City of Chicago Department of Transportation.
Following the ceremony, we will convene at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard, to greet the park’s new supervisor, Jerry Wallace, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast, courtesy of Pete’s Grill.
The four million dollar project will include new decorative street lighting, stamped crosswalks, landscaped planters and 68 new trees with tree grates. In addition, the streetscape project will include a reconstruction of the intersection of Howard, Greenview and Rogers to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike. A new clock tower will grace the northwest corner of the intersection.
The streetscape project will be in many ways similar to the recently completed streetscape on Morse and Glenwood Avenues. I expect the Howard streetscape will bring the same kind of economic stimulus to Howard that the Morse streetscape project brought to the Morse and Glenwood district.
Additional project highlights include:
- New sidewalk with ADA ramps
- New resurfaced street
- Decorative benches, bike racks and waste containers
- In-ground irrigated landscape planters with decorative metal fencing
- Permeable pavers
- Light pole banners
• Decorative concrete medallions
For a pdf that contains the Howard streetscape design and renderings, click on the attachment below:
The streetscape design for Howard Street was the result of a community process put into place nearly twelve 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 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 streetscape plan.
In the last few weeks, the City and I prevailed upon People’s Gas to expedite the installation of their new gas mains in the Howard Street area so that the streetscape project could proceed unimpeded.
If all goes as planned, the project should be completed by the beginning of December.
Please join me on Monday as we mark the implementation of this exciting project!