Updated 14 hours ago
I was shocked when I lifted the blankets and expected or hoped to see a neighborhood cat but screamed when I saw the possum. He didn't even run away. I told him it was ok for him to stay there and put the blankets back over him. I guess I am glad animals are doing what they can to stay warm. Too scared to go back out there and take a photo
32 hours ago
Updated 28 hours ago
Does anyone know what is going on with all the helicopters in the Harlem/Addison area? I heard plenty of sirens as well as helicopters flying above.
39 hours ago
In 2017, the land where Chicago’s Fleet and Facilities Management (2FM) operates, located in the 2nd Ward at 1685 N. Throop Street, was sold to Sterling Bay for a price of $105 million. Prior to the city-owned property sale, I hosted a meeting public meeting at DePaul University, where city officials outlined the RFP process, criteria for brokerage selection, and details of the agreement. Today, I’d like to update you on the city’s efforts to leverage the sale to benefit the 2nd Ward and Chicago as a whole. *Background 2FM is responsible for providing operational support to city agencies such as the Fire and Police Department, Streets and Sanitation, Water Management and Transportation. 2FM employees are tasked with ensuring and enhancing their capability to deliver core services efficiently and economically. For 26 years, 2FM operated at 1685 N. Throop St., accounting for over $1 million in annual operating and maintenance costs. *Project Overview This month, the Housing and Real Estate Committee will meet to hear a proposal to design and construct three new 2FM purpose-built facilities from the proceeds of the 1685 N. Throop land sale at the following locations: • Main Shop – 210 W. 69th Street • Satellite Shop – 4241 N. Neenah Avenue • Fueling Station – 1152 N. North Branch St. *Project Contract & Cost Negotiated by the city’s Law Department, the design build contract with AECOM combines standard city terms for design and construction services; the contracted developer must complete the designs, in collaboration with the City, prior to contract execution. The contract also establishes a GMP, or Guaranteed Maximum Price. The GMP for total cost of design and build for the three facilities is $41 million. Finally, the contract also includes strict M/WBE participation and workforce utilization requirements, ensuring significant employment opportunities in areas of need. *Project Timeline If the proposal is approved in the Housing and Real Estate Committee, the contract will be executed by month’s end. Thereafter, AECOM will continue ongoing community outreach and engagement, paralleled with the project construction phase that includes finalizing designs, obtaining permits and distributing construction notices to the public. Completion of all facilities is expected by 2018 snow season. *Project Benefits: Community • Catalyze Economic Development • 150+ New Construction Jobs • Community Training Opportunities/On Job Training Program • Increased Public Access to Riverfront from N. Throop Site *Project Benefits: Operational • Strategically Located Facilities • Reduced Operating Costs by approx. 50% • Facilities Suited to 2FM Fleet Operations • Sustainable and Energy Efficient Facilities Aside from project benefits, the remaining $64 million from the property sale will be allocated toward a desperately needed modernization of the city’s 3-1-1 system, and increased police training and recruiting programs. I’m proud that the 2nd Ward is largely responsible for vast upgrades to our city’s 2FM facilities, 3-1-1 system, and police training programs. These are vital projects that will improve city services and safety. However, I’m committed to ensuring the 2nd Ward receives local, community benefits that positively impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Resources secured and delivered, such as the 70% developer impact fees retained for local use in the North Branch, or 12-acres of contiguous park space throughout the corridor are great examples of how we can leverage large-scale projects to get local improvements. In 2018, we will continue our focus to deliver local benefits from 2nd Ward projects that ultimately affect the entire city.
3 days ago
Alderman Villegas schedules Jan. 16 community meeting to discuss former Peter Pan restaurant site at Belmont and Narragansett and the intersection’s former CVS Pharmacy site. Both buildings are vacant.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm at the West Belmont Library. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/01/15/jan-16-meeting-set-on-belmont-narragansett-development-former-peter-pan-restaurant-site/
Updated Jan 01
Updated Dec 18
Is anyone in the area interested in making some money doing some sporadic AirBNB cleaning? It's roughly 30 minutes of work a couple times a month. I'd offer $25 to someone I can trust to stop by and clean.
Unfortunately, there is usually only 1-3 days notice and the cleaning has to be done between 11:00am-2:00pm.
Addison & Central
Updated Dec 16
Any information out there as to what is going on with this place? Seems to be stuck in limbo.