North Avenue

A Revitalization and Mobility Plan for the North Avenue Corridor

A map of the region with the North Avenue corridor highlighted.The North Avenue corridor, between Austin and Harlem, serves as a border between the Village of Oak Park (to the south) and the City of Chicago (to the north). While once a vibrant commercial stretch, the corridor has declined in recent years. The North Avenue District (T-NAD) is partnering with CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to develop a plan that will guide revitalization and mobility on the North Avenue corridor. The plan will focus on identifying appropriate redevelopment opportunities, strategies for attracting desirable development including potential financial incentives, and recommendations for streetscape improvements and corridor branding. This plan will also focus on transportation in order to support the growth, diversity, and prosperity of the study area.

For demographic information on these municipalities, view their Community Data Snapshots: City of Chicago and Village of Oak Park.

 

Plan development is being co-sponsored by Alderman Taliaferro and the 29th Ward of Chicago, and Mayor Abu-Taleb and Village of Oak Park.

Public Engagement

Public outreach and community engagement are essential to the creation of the Revitalization and Mobility Plan for the North Avenue Corridor. There will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. T-NAD, in partnership with CMAP, will embark on a series of interviews, workshops, and meetings with various community stakeholders and residents from the area to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process.

We encourage you to watch this space, where we will announce upcoming opportunities for you to participate and help shape the Revitalization and Mobility Plan for the North Avenue Corridor.

 

Public Visioning Workshop

A public visioning workshop for the North Avenue Corridor Revitalization and Mobility Plan will be held on November 15, 2018, btween the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., at Redeemer Church 6740 W. North Ave. This public visioning workshop will help determine how the North Avenue corridor should look in the future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more and provide feedback about the Chicago-Oak Park Traffic Safety and Mobility Study on North Avenue. The workshop is a great opportunity to share your vision and discuss the future of the area with your family, neighbors, and friends.

Please share this public visioning workshop flyer through your network and post it in public locations in your community. To RSVP, contact Cindy Cambray at ccambray@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8748. 

Timeline

Project Partners

The North Avenue District (T-NAD) promotes the revitalization of the North Avenue corridor between Austin Avenue on the east and Harlem Avenue on the west. Its directors are business/property owners and residents of Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago. It is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, founded in 2013 as the North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee.

ULI Chicago Technical Assistance Panel

CMAP engaged the Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI Chicago), a membership-based, multidisciplinary real estate forum that offers communities strategic advice from development experts through its Technical Assistance Services Program. In partnership with CMAP and T-NAD, ULI Chicago will conduct a two-day Technical Assistance Panel to identify redevelopment opportunities along North Avenue and recommend implementable strategies to strengthen the corridor’s development potential.

ULI Chicago will convene a panel of 10-12 ULI members with expertise in various aspects of real estate development, including development, land use and urban design, transportation planning, market feasibility, and real estate finance. The two-day panel will include conversations with elected officials from the Village of Oak Park and the City of Chicago, a study area tour, and interviews with local stakeholders including civic leaders, residents, business and property owners from Oak Park and Chicago.

Contacts

Cindy Cambray, CMAP Project Manager  (ccambray@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8748)

 

 

Judith Alexander, Chair, The North Avenue District (T-NAD) (jalexander@n-ave.com)

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