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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Aldi, Ross To Anchor Huge Center Set To Replace Empty Bank at Six Corners

Aldi, Ross To Anchor Huge Center Set To Replace Empty Bank at Six Corners

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160218/portage-park/aldi-ross-anchor-huge-center-set-replace-empty-bank-at-six-corners

 

 

The design of the shopping center reminded some Far Northwest Side residents of Wrigley Field. [Clark Street Real Estate]

PORTAGE PARK — The empty Bank of America branch at the heart of the Six Corners Shopping District would be replaced by a massive shopping center anchored by an Aldigrocery store and Ross Dress for Less clothing store, according to plans unveiled Wednesday night

The shopping center at 4747 W. Irving Park Road — to be known as the Pointe at Six Corners — would include space for a dozen stores in total, according to …

Read More »

Plans for Massive Six Corners Shopping Center Set to be Unveiled

Plans for Massive Six Corners Shopping Center Set to be Unveiled

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160212/portage-park/plans-for-massive-six-corners-shopping-center-set-be-unveiled

I want to invite you to a community meeting about a proposed shopping center development at the Six Corners intersection that will continue the revitalization of this historic area. The meeting is at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

The builder, Clark Street Development, will provide a summary of its plan to build a 100,000-square foot, single floor shopping center at the former site of Bank of America, 4747 W. Irving Park. The center will be a mix of large retailers and …

Read More »

6 Corners group hears updates on projects, wants district to be a destination

6 Corners group hears updates on projects, wants district to be a destination

http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/10/08/6-corners-group-hears-updates-on-projects-wants-district-to-be-a-destination/

by BRIAN NADIG

Several development proposals near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue and the role that subsidies could play in the success of some of those projects were discussed at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Six Corners Association.

“Six Corners is on the cusp of major development,” association executive director Kelli Wefenstette said at the association’s community leaders roundtable luncheon. “In a year from now, it could look drastically different than it does now.”

Those projects call for …

Read More »

Planning for the Future in Jefferson Park

Planning for the Future in Jefferson Park

“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 …

Read More »

A ‘Grand Gateway’ to Jefferson Park Proposed For Blighted Land

A ‘Grand Gateway’ to Jefferson Park Proposed For Blighted Land

ALDERMAN JOHN ARENA [45TH WARD] ANNOUNCES FOUR-STORY COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR VACANT LOTS AT 5161 & 5201 WEST LAWRENCE AVENUE

CHICAGO (August 10, 2015) — After several years of vacancy, the empty lots at 5161 & 5201 W. Lawrence Ave. will undergo a major redevelopment that will include a mix of commercial retail space and residential units. The announcement comes after a decade of stagnation in the downtown commercial district of Jefferson Park.

The proposal calls for a mixed–use building with 9,990 square feet in retail …

Read More »

‘Zero Tolerance’ After Shooting Outside Portage Theater, Alderman Says

‘Zero Tolerance’ After Shooting Outside Portage Theater, Alderman Says

By Heather Cherone | June 29, 2015 5:40am

@HeatherCherone

TwitterFacebookEmailMore

PORTAGE PARK — The Portage Theater has been in violation of its liquor license for more than a year by failing to have cameras recording the exterior of the Six Cornerstheater, Ald. John Arena (45th) said.

A suburban man was shot June 13 after attending a dance party at the theater, but theater operators could not provide police with video from the night of the incident, in violation of its agreement with city officials that paved the way for the theater to reopen and serve alcohol, …

Read More »

Meeting for the Proposed Jefferson Park Special Service Area

Meeting for the Proposed Jefferson Park Special Service Area

 

Join the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce to discuss the proposed creation of the Jefferson Park Special Service Area.

The second and final meeting will be at the Copernicus Center Kings Hall (3rd floor), 5212 W. Lawrence, at 6:30 pm Thursday, May 21.

A Special Service Area is an additional property tax levy on properties in the SSA district. The Jefferson Park SSA would work to improve the viability, success and prosperity of those who have made an investment in Jefferson Park.

The SSA would be on Lawrence from the …

Read More »

ImmediateMD has opened their new immediate care facility – Gladstone

ImmediateMD has opened their new immediate care facility – Gladstone

I want to welcome another new business to our community. ImmediateMD has opened their new immediate care facility at 5228 N. Northwest Highway, in the old Gladstone Plaza strip mall.

The business is the first of what we expect will be several new businesses to move into the old plaza, which was vacant and derelict for more than a decade.

Join me in welcoming this business to our community.

Read More »