Garfield Green - Elevated

Garfield Green Line South Action Plan

Overview

Project update: On April 2nd, the Resident Advisory Council joined the Elevated Chicago Community Table to speak with representatives from Alderwoman Dowell's office, DPD, CTA, RTA, and CDOT. The workshop covered a range of topics, with a focus on housing and transportation. The next steps for the project are to produce the deliverables that can help community members hold decision-makers accountable for their actions, and meet with city officials to review their responses to issues raised by residents.

Visit the Story Map Existing Conditions page or the online engagement site.

For the Garfield Green Line South station, CMAP is working with community members and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to update the Community Work Plan put together by Elevated Chicago, with the specific goal of continuing the progress of turning the station into a community asset. The project team will also review past plan recommendations to understand where progress has been made, and where barriers remain.

Smiling woman at outdoor festival with yellow t-shirt that says, "equity lies in ownership."

The project seeks to understand the impact that decades of disinvestment have had and work to change the narrative around a community with strong, positive amenities – including Washington Park, local businesses, XS Tennis, Sweetwater Foundation, and DuSable Museum. 

A more equitable approach to development around transit is needed--one that prioritizes the retention of residents and businesses, and allows for more inclusive growth around transit. Elevated Chicago started its work around seven CTA train stations, establishing eHubs (equitable hubs), within the ½-mile radius circle around each station.

The Elevated eHubs are generally grouped into four geographies: Logan Square Blue Line station, California Pink Line station, Kedzie/Lake Green Line and Kedzie-Homan Blue Line (Kedzie Corridor) stations, and 51st Street, Garfield, and 63rd Street Green Line stations. This LTA project will be working specifically with the Garfield Green Line South station.

Monthly update - (last 3 months)

March 2022

The RAC did not meet in March and staff prepared for the joint workshop on April 2nd.

February 2022

The RAC met February 19th to prioritize the transportation and vacancy action agendas. The group also heard from Briana Gipson, working with Rudd Resources to develop the economic development action items from an inclusive, asset-based approach. Staff is planning the next meeting in April to workshop with a variety of Chicago government agencies and departments on implementation.

January 2022

The RAC did not meet in January. Staff used the extra time to finish the action agenda sections on transportation and vacancy. Staff reached out to CTA staff, Department of Planning and Development, and Department of Housing staff to schedule meetings and update the departments on the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach & Engagement

Residents raised concerns about excessive planning work with limited results, so we shifted from the original approach to work to move past recommended projects or programs forward. Developing an action plan with accountability measures and clear tasks will be the top priority. Engagement with the public will be primarily conducted through the Resident Advocacy Council, youth events, and any additional meetings the RAC would like to host.

Past events to promote the Resident Advocacy Council included:

  • Community Days at Overton Elementary School, June 19th 2pm- 5pm
  • Community Day at "Sunflower City" (54th & Prairie Ave.), July 17th, 11am - 3 pm
  • Fliers posted in local businesses, at the CTA station, and with local organizations

Resident Advocacy Council

The Resident working group will be meeting on the third Saturday of each month, starting in August. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meeting location will change. While the weather is decent, meetings will be held outdoors. Participants who have applied and been identified as representative of a variety of perspectives in the area will be compensated for their time. Priority was given to long-term residents, public transit users, and youth. If someone is unable to make a meeting, they are able to send a representative from the area to fill in for them. The group will discuss broader public engagement efforts, and ways to reach more neighbors.

Timeline

The project had its first kick-off meeting with the working group partners in January 2020. CMAP staff researched area history and previous plans undertaken in the community and published the report as an interactive website. The overall project schedule is two years, with outreach and engagement planned for summer and fall of 2021, and continuing into early 2022.

The project phases include the following:

(1) Project admin / paperwork (complete)
(2) Past plan review (complete)
(3) Existing conditions assessment & interviews (complete)

(4) Invite residents to validate/ invalidate findings (complete)
(5) Community-led eTOD priorities development (current)
(6) Public doc review/ adjustment/ approval
(7) Implementation Assistance

Contacts

Leslé Honoré, Green Line South Community Table Representative

Ghian Foreman, Green Line South Community Table Representative

Lindsay Bayley, CMAP Senior Planner (lbayley@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8826)

Michael Horsting, RTA Local Planning Manager, (HorstingM@rtachicago.org or 312-913-3159) 

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Garfield Green Line South Action Plan

Overview

Project update: On April 2nd, the Resident Advisory Council joined the Elevated Chicago Community Table to speak with representatives from Alderwoman Dowell's office, DPD, CTA, RTA, and CDOT. The workshop covered a range of topics, with a focus on housing and transportation. The next steps for the project are to produce the deliverables that can help community members hold decision-makers accountable for their actions, and meet with city officials to review their responses to issues raised by residents.

Visit the Story Map Existing Conditions page or the online engagement site.

For the Garfield Green Line South station, CMAP is working with community members and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to update the Community Work Plan put together by Elevated Chicago, with the specific goal of continuing the progress of turning the station into a community asset. The project team will also review past plan recommendations to understand where progress has been made, and where barriers remain.

Smiling woman at outdoor festival with yellow t-shirt that says, "equity lies in ownership."

The project seeks to understand the impact that decades of disinvestment have had and work to change the narrative around a community with strong, positive amenities – including Washington Park, local businesses, XS Tennis, Sweetwater Foundation, and DuSable Museum. 

A more equitable approach to development around transit is needed--one that prioritizes the retention of residents and businesses, and allows for more inclusive growth around transit. Elevated Chicago started its work around seven CTA train stations, establishing eHubs (equitable hubs), within the ½-mile radius circle around each station.

The Elevated eHubs are generally grouped into four geographies: Logan Square Blue Line station, California Pink Line station, Kedzie/Lake Green Line and Kedzie-Homan Blue Line (Kedzie Corridor) stations, and 51st Street, Garfield, and 63rd Street Green Line stations. This LTA project will be working specifically with the Garfield Green Line South station.

Monthly update - (last 3 months)

March 2022

The RAC did not meet in March and staff prepared for the joint workshop on April 2nd.

February 2022

The RAC met February 19th to prioritize the transportation and vacancy action agendas. The group also heard from Briana Gipson, working with Rudd Resources to develop the economic development action items from an inclusive, asset-based approach. Staff is planning the next meeting in April to workshop with a variety of Chicago government agencies and departments on implementation.

January 2022

The RAC did not meet in January. Staff used the extra time to finish the action agenda sections on transportation and vacancy. Staff reached out to CTA staff, Department of Planning and Development, and Department of Housing staff to schedule meetings and update the departments on the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach & Engagement

Residents raised concerns about excessive planning work with limited results, so we shifted from the original approach to work to move past recommended projects or programs forward. Developing an action plan with accountability measures and clear tasks will be the top priority. Engagement with the public will be primarily conducted through the Resident Advocacy Council, youth events, and any additional meetings the RAC would like to host.

Past events to promote the Resident Advocacy Council included:

  • Community Days at Overton Elementary School, June 19th 2pm- 5pm
  • Community Day at "Sunflower City" (54th & Prairie Ave.), July 17th, 11am - 3 pm
  • Fliers posted in local businesses, at the CTA station, and with local organizations

Resident Advocacy Council

The Resident working group will be meeting on the third Saturday of each month, starting in August. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meeting location will change. While the weather is decent, meetings will be held outdoors. Participants who have applied and been identified as representative of a variety of perspectives in the area will be compensated for their time. Priority was given to long-term residents, public transit users, and youth. If someone is unable to make a meeting, they are able to send a representative from the area to fill in for them. The group will discuss broader public engagement efforts, and ways to reach more neighbors.

Timeline

The project had its first kick-off meeting with the working group partners in January 2020. CMAP staff researched area history and previous plans undertaken in the community and published the report as an interactive website. The overall project schedule is two years, with outreach and engagement planned for summer and fall of 2021, and continuing into early 2022.

The project phases include the following:

(1) Project admin / paperwork (complete)
(2) Past plan review (complete)
(3) Existing conditions assessment & interviews (complete)

(4) Invite residents to validate/ invalidate findings (complete)
(5) Community-led eTOD priorities development (current)
(6) Public doc review/ adjustment/ approval
(7) Implementation Assistance

Contacts

Leslé Honoré, Green Line South Community Table Representative

Ghian Foreman, Green Line South Community Table Representative

Lindsay Bayley, CMAP Senior Planner (lbayley@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8826)

Michael Horsting, RTA Local Planning Manager, (HorstingM@rtachicago.org or 312-913-3159) 

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Transportation and Planning History

Test 1

Existing Conditions Report

RAC Overview Document