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 District.

Teska Associates will review the existing conditions of the transportation infrastructure, analyze properties within a ¼-mile of the transit center, collect data, and gather public input in order to make recommendations to improve access to public transportation and revitalize the business corridor through sustainable, economic development.

We need your input! You’ll have the chance to participate in this process as Teska Associates conducts stakeholder interviews and hosts multiple public workshops. A steering committee made up of residents will also help provide feedback and make recommendations throughout the process. The data collection and analysis will take about a year to complete before a final master plan is published.

I am thrilled with the announcement and glad we are ready to begin the data collection and analysis. This will help kickstart our ongoing campaign to revitalize the Jefferson Park neighborhood and create a thriving neighborhood for all residents of our community.