“The community and commercial district are ready for a strong and guiding vision to rejuvenate an area that is on the cusp of vibrant economic growth and major revitalization,” Arena said.
The master plan will focus on the business district centered around Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues, where two major developments are working their way through the city bureaucracy with Arena’s support. One would build 39 apartments and 10 shops on Lawrence Avenue, while the other would build a 12-story tower next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
The master plan could call for transit-oriented development projects to be built near the transit hub. Developments within a short distance of public transportation can be denser and provide fewer parking spaces, under a new city ordinance that has been a flashpoint of controversy in Jefferson Park.