Grand Gateway Groundbreaking Ceremony

Construction of the Residences at Jefferson Park, 5201 W. Lawrence, has begun. I hope you will join us a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, November 17, at 11:00 am.

This is an opportunity to thank all of the many stakeholders who helped guide us to a final plan and design. This development is the first major step in ushering in the revitalization of the Jefferson Park business corridor.

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Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Today, Belding Elementary hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new auditorium. After more than six years of advocating for the improved auditorium, I was pleased to be able to join parents, staff, and students to celebrate this accomplishment. The new auditorium will allow the performance arts at Belding to continue to thrive and provide students with the diverse and well-rounded education that they need to succeed. I would like to thank Belding staff and parents for their advocacy efforts in helping bring this dream …

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PB45 Vote

Voting!

In an effort to increase voter turnout, this year 45th Ward residents will be able to vote online. Please keep your eye out for details regarding how to vote online in next week’s e-newsletter.

45th Ward residents 14-years-old and up will have the opportunity to vote early in-person in my office beginning October 16 through October 27. Please bring proof of residency to vote.

We will also host multiple mobile voting events ahead of the final vote onOctober 28. The mobile voting events will take place from:

10:00 am – 2:00 …

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Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 16

Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 16

In the spring, residents offered their ideas for this year’s ballot during five different neighborhood assemblies. Volunteer community representatives have been working hard since then to develop 15 projects for the 2018 ballot.

Community representatives and staff members will be at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market this Sunday, October 8, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pmat Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, to let people know about the different projects on this year’s ballot.

Unable to attend the market? No problem! You can also view all the ballot items on the PB45 website. 45th Ward …

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Welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to Jeff Park!

Welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to Jeff Park!

Wonder what work is being done across from the Jefferson Park transit center at 4872 N. Milwaukee? I am pleased to welcome Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co. to the neighborhood! They recently obtained permits and are working on interior renovations ahead of their mid-August opening. 

With thousands of thirsty commuters and residents passing through every day, the owner recognized the building’s proximity to the city’s second busiest transit hub outside of the Loop as an ideal location to serve coffee, craft beer, and deli sliced sub-sandwiches.

Weston’s is a …

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Zoning Committee Approves Jefferson Place

Zoning Committee Approves Jefferson Place

Today, the zoning committee approved the Jefferson Place development located at Lipps and Ainslie. I am proud to usher in this mixed-use, transit-oriented development directly adjacent to the city’s second busiest transit hub outside of the Loop.

By increasing density in a responsible way, Jefferson Place will support neighboring businesses such as the Copernicus Center, the Ed Paschke Art Center, the Gift Theater, Windy City Musical Theater, Gorilla Sushi, Weston’s Coffee and Tap Co, and others.

Jefferson Place will help breathe new life into downtown Jefferson Park …

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Culver’s will break ground this Thursday, July 6, at 11 AM!

Culver’s will break ground this Thursday, July 6, at 11 AM!

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170703/portage-park/six-corners-shopping-district-culvers-butter-burgers-cheese-curds

CHICAGO — Butter burgers and cheese curds are closer than ever to the Six Corners Shopping District.

Ald. John Arena (45th) will join a ceremonial groundbreaking at 11 a.m. Thursday to usher in the construction of a Culver’srestaurant, signaling the next step in a $16 million redevelopment set to transform the 4900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to Arena’s staff.

Boosted by $2 million from the Portage Park Tax Increment Financing District, property owner Charles Cui set out last year to rehab the former Bank of America building at 4901 W. Irving Park Road. …

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Jefferson Place Update

Jefferson Place Update

Dear neighbors,

On the heels of the recent approval of the development at 5201 W. Lawrence Ave, I have an exciting update on the continuing progress in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson Park: the proposed Jefferson Place mixed-use building planned for 4849 N. Lipps, next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 18th.

As you may recall, the proposal for this vacant lot has been in the works for more than 5 years. After an extensive process of community …

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45th Ward Clean Up – April 22

45th Ward Clean Up – April 22

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by joining neighbors for a day of service. At 9 am, individuals, community groups, and organizations will gather to help beautify our neighborhoods.

This year we will be focusing on the three following areas:

– CTA Jefferson Park Terminal
– Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski
– Along Avondale near Lawrence 

In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves.

To sign up, contact my office …

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Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.

I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing …

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