Vacant Storefront Followup
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43rd Ward Sticker Day Tomorrow!
Willow-Halsted Development Proposal Withdrawn

Only Days Remaining to Support the Sprinkler Task Force Bill

Only a few days are left in the legislative session to try to get HB 4609 passed to create a task force that would require full transparency before any sprinkler mandate could be considered.  Here is a petition that you can circulate in your building. Please turn in completed petitions to my ward office and we'll be sure to get them to chief sponsor Representative Sara Feigenholtz. 
You can also demonstrate your support for this bill by signing online the Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy petition



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Dear Friends,


Last Friday, in a strong show of community support, over a dozen ward residents joined me in a court appearance at the Daley Center to express their concerns about the vacant storefronts that pepper Clark Street. 


As reported this week in, I've been fighting vacant storefronts since 2010.  We've made a lot of progress since then - the Belden Centre (Belden and Clark), once vacant, is now fully rented, anchored by Gems Academy and Eleven City Diner (a great meal, incidentally).  Many new businesses have opened on Clark Street, most recently a new fitness club featuring boxing and the new Israeli-street food place, BenjYehuda.


But some of the storefronts that have been charged by the City with building code violations have been persistently vacant.  We want those stores repaired and rented.


In a much-needed and highly welcomed development, the court ordered all the property owners to cooperate with the City of Chicago's Department of Buildings in having further internal inspections of these properties, and to report to the court all progress made in performing external repairs.  


Our next court date is August 22 at 11 am in courtroom 1105 at the Daley Center.  Please let me know that you'll join me to keep sending our message out.

43rd Ward City Sticker Day
 Saturday May 31, 2014
9 am - 2 pm
Ward Office
2523 N Halsted
To purchase your city sticker you MUST bring 
- your vehicle registration
-  photo ID
-  your renewal form. 
If your photo ID does NOT show your current address you must bring proof of residence (your lease, mortgage, or a current utility bill - hard copy only). If you do not have a renewal form, you MUST bring your state vehicle registration, vehicle title, or insurance card that contains your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Remember, Year-Round Sticker Sales begin this year, so you will have a choice to buy a sticker that will expire before twelve months or one that will expire in more than 12 months.  For a detailed explanation of Year-Round Sticker Sales please click here

 Willow-Halsted Redevelopment 

Proposal Withdrawn


As reported in earlier newsletter and on our website, a development team proposed to tear down the orange rated building at 1800 N. Halsted and another old building to redevelop the site as condos and storefronts.  After a community meeting, the strong neighborhood consensus was to preserve the 1800 N. Halsted, which has a rich history.  In fact, Preservation Illinois designated the corner of Willow and Halsted as an historic gateway to Lincoln Park and one of its "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2014.


As a result of strong community opposition to the plans and these preservation concerns, the developer has withdrawn the proposal.   I remain committed to bringing the best development possible to our neighborhood after full and transparent community review.   I am confident that a better proposal can be brought to our community.



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman