A Planning Priorities Report for Washington Heights and 95th Street

May 29, 2018

A Planning Priorities Report for Washington Heights and 95th Street

Washington Heights is located on the far south side of Chicago, bordered by 89th Street to the north, 107th Street to the south, Beverly Avenue to the west and Eggleston Avenue to the east. 95thStreet is a main corridor of the Washington Heights neighborhood.

The community is adjacent to the Auburn Gresham and Roseland neighborhoods, the west extension of the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 57), 95thStreet Red Line Terminal, Chicago State University, and home to the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (a Chicago Public Library). Washington Heights is home to the Endeleo Institute, a not-for-profit affiliate of Trinity United Church of Christ, that addresses Health, Education and Community Development.

With support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the Endeleo Institute will develop a planning priorities report for the 95th Street corridor and surrounding neighborhood area. The report will prioritize the main issues of Washington Heights and the 95th Street corridor, formulating a plan of action to improve economic vitality, quality of life for residents, and community collaboration. Key themes of the final report will include economic development, capacity building and community partnerships, infrastructure improvements, and residential rehabilitation.

The planning process consists of three phrases to be completed over eleven months. The first phase assesses existing conditions of the neighborhood, including community engagement. During the second phase, initial recommendations will be created and vetted with Endeleo staff and project partners including the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, and other key institutions. The final phase will include report creation, community feedback, and discussion of report implementation.

Public Engagement

Public outreach and community engagement are essential for the creation of the planning priorities report. Throughout the planning process, the Washington Heights community and CMAP will embark on a series of stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and public outreach meetings to incorporate local input.

Residents and stakeholders will have several opportunities to participate in the process and give feedback. Stay up-to-date about future meetings by visiting this project page or by emailing your contact information to Ashleigh Johnson (ajohnson@cmap.illinois.gov) to be placed on the project email list.

Timeline

Contacts

Melvin R. Thompson, Executive Director, Endeleo Institute (MRThompson@trinitychicago.org or 773-966-1590)

Tony Manno, CMAP Implementation Manager (Tmanno@cmap.illinois.gov or 312.386.8606)

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Washington Heights/95th Street Planning Priorities Report