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Small change purse found at Lakeshore and Division bus stop on 1/18

Just email sbk616@yahoo.com and identify it.

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In 2017, the land where Chicago’s Fleet and F...

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.

    Alderman Brian Hopkins
    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...
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Chris Kennedy got it right: people of color are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally

But wait, there's more. To the west of Halsted and Division is an old industrial area that's one of the hottest real estate markets in...

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When I moved to Chicago in 1981, the community around the intersection of Clybourn and Division on the north side was overwhelmingly poor and African-American. Now, of course, it's one of the richest and whitest corners of town.

Want to get specific? Let's go back to the area around North and Clybourn. In 1981, it was dominated by Cabrini-Green, a public housing project with roughly 30,000 low- income residents, most of them black.

    Chris Kennedy got it right: people of color are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally
    click to enlarge When I moved to Chicago in 1981, the community around the intersection of Clybourn and Division on the north side was overwhelmingly poor and African-American. Now, of course, it's one of the richest and whitest corners of town.
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AMA Report on LED lighting and the dangers of blue-rich light

I wanted to make my neighbors aware of American Medical Association's stance on LED streetlights. I know the city is planning on going with 3,000K streetlights but that is the upper limit of safety set by the AMA.

The AMA's press-release reads in part, "The AMA encourages communities to minimize and control blue-rich environmental lighting by using the lowest emission of blue light possible..."

Much lower temps than what the city has planned are now available, efficient and affordable. They have drastically less blue-content, are easier on the eye, melatonin cycles etc. Please read this press release and consider for yourself:

https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-adopts-guidance-reduce-harm-high-intensity-street-lights

  • And no mention of the comments on my petitions. The migraines that are induced, the near-misses caused by blinding light, the older drivers who have given up going out at night. The thousands who took the time to sign because these lights are ruining their lives.

  • Like I said. Good luck with your petition. I hope you get enough signature so that I can see the change in my lifetime. But I highly doubt it.

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