I’m pleased to report that construction will begin this spring on the long-awaited Morse-Glenwood streetscape project. The project encompasses Morse Avenue from Ashland to Wayne and Glenwood Avenue from Lunt to Farwell on both sides of the elevated tracks.
I am hosting a community meeting with the Rogers Park Business Alliance to present the plans and outline the construction schedule. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 24th, 7:00 p.m. at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor. Representatives of the City of Chicago Department of Transportation will be on hand to answer your questions.
New streetlights, sidewalks and planter boxes will grace Morse and Glenwood. In addition, Morse Avenue will be resurfaced and the sidewalks on Glenwood will be widened for greater pedestrian access. The brick pavers that now exist on the western side of Glenwood will remain in the traffic lanes.
The $4 million streetscape is funded by $1.6 million in city of Chicago funds and $2.4 million in federal funds secured by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Community residents were instrumental in selecting the streetscape design and elements. I would like to thank the volunteers of the Morse Avenue Streetscape Committee, who worked tirelessly on this project, as well as all the neighborhood residents who attended community meetings to offer their input.
This has been a very long process, made even longer by the reviewing requirements that came attached with the federal dollars. But our patience will be rewarded by this summer’s end with a new and more appealing appearance for both Morse and Glenwood.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions. You may reply to this e-mail or call my office at 773-338-5796.