Please join me tomorrow to cut the ribbon on the 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. A few bricks need to be replaced here and there and a water leak on Glenwood is currently under repair, but the project long-awaited project is now substantially completed.
The ribbon cutting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8th), 8:45 a.m., at the intersection of Morse and Greenview. I will be joined by the members and staff of the Rogers Park Business Alliance and other community residents.
New streetlights, sidewalks and planter boxes now grace Morse and Glenwood. In addition, Morse Avenue was resurfaced and the sidewalks on Glenwood were widened for greater pedestrian access. Most of the brick pavers that existed on the western side of Glenwood were retained, the first time this has happened on City of Chicago streetscape project.
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.
This was a nearly ten-year project from conception to completion, made even longer by the reviewing requirements that came attached with the federal dollars and a labor strike last summer that brought construction to a halt. But our patience has been rewarded with a new with new improvements to the common areas that have brought new businesses and positive energy to Morse Avenue.
Before the ribbon cutting, please join me for a breakfast sponsored by the Rogers Park Business and Artist Group (RPBiz Arts). The breakfast will be served beginning 7:30 a.m. at the offices of the Rogers Park Business Alliance, 1448 W. Morse (at Greenview). Bring your friends and network as we enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Morse Avenue.
The cost for the breakfast is $5. Payment is optional for members and advertisers of the event’s co-hosts:Rogers Park Business Alliance and rogerspark.com. Also, you’re encouraged to bring a canned good that will be distributed to deserving local pantries.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!