May 2014

City unveils new Fulton-Randolph Market Land Use Plan; community input sought

Several hundred people packed the VenueOne meeting and event center at 1044 W. Randolph St. on April 1 for a Chicago Department of Planning and Development meeting about the City’s “Fulton-Randolph Market Land Use Plan.”


UIC Newman Center loses dorm contract

The John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s search for a site for a dormitory is back to square one, according to both Alderman James Balcer (11th Ward) and the Rev. Patrick Marshall, chaplain and president of the Roman Catholic student ministry program for University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) students.


Jones athletic field to be built on former Ickes Homes land

The City of Chicago plans to assist the Board of Education in constructing a 3.5-acre track and field facility for William Jones College Prep High School. The new athletic site would be located at 2301-57 S. Dearborn St. on a portion of land that once held the Harold Ickes Homes. The 82,000 square foot artificial turf field will accommodate high school football and soccer practice fields. The fourlane running track will also include long jump, high jump and pole vault infrastructure.


RFMA asks City for long-term area infrastructure improvements

Street and pedestrian traffic in the busy Randolph/Fulton Market area may be a sign of vitality, but the area needs infrastructure work to maximize its 21st century potential, said Roger Romanelli, executive director of the Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA).


City should go slow on Fulton Randolph plan, assure preservation of local businesses

The City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and Department of Transportation Fulton Randolph Market District Plan has much to recommend it.


Part of Roosevelt Square’s future is certain; CHA issues new RFP

Construction on seven lots at Roosevelt Square will begin shortly, with other work down the line dependent on the weather, financing, and new planning.


St. Basil Church rebuilding making progress

A year after a devastating fire damaged St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church on March 18, 2013, administrators and parishioners are attempting to restore and rebuild the church, located at 733 S. Ashland Ave.


IMD CTA station improvement OKd

The Illinois Medical District (IMD) transit station on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line will be improved through a $23 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan approved in April by the City Council.


Pure Metal Recycling plant advances despite opposition

The company behind a new planned metal recycling plant is one step closer to building its facility in the Pilsen community. In late February, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special use permit for Pure Metal Recycling, which would process and recycle all forms of scrap metal.


British School on track to open in September 2015

Nord Anglia Education’s British School of Chicago South Loop campus, located at 161 W. Ninth St., is on schedule to open in September 2015. The school will serve approximately 835 preschool through 12th grade students, with a focus on middle and high school education.