Edith Spurlock Redevelopment
Dickens Greenway Meeting - Venue Change
Park West Neighborhood Ward Walk
Mayor Lightfoot Budget Survey
Dear Neighbors,

Monday evening we hosted a community meeting with the Wrightwood Neighbors Association on the redevelopment of the Edith Spurlock Apartments located at 2640 - 2720 N Sheffield Ave.

This project, supported by CHA funds, will bring renovated apartments, new community spaces, and new amenities for current and future residents. Besides the redevelopment of the two existing structures into a total of 405 units of senior housing, the plan calls for the construction of a new building that will be linked to the two senior apartment towers.

The proposed new structure would be six-stories tall and contain 80 units that will provide affordable, as well as market-rate apartments for families in Lincoln Park. The site is currently a Planned Development (PD 52), and in order to allow for its redevelopment, a zoning map amendment must be approved for the PD. 

Please click on the link below to see the presentation shown at the community meeting.
Example of a bump-out on Webster Street
Example of neighborhood greenway - Glendale Avenue
Dickens Greenway Meeting
Thursday, August 22
New Venue:
Lincoln Park High School
2001 N. Orchard Ave.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for our second community meeting on the Dickens Neighborhood Greenway.

The family-friendly project will create safe connections for people walking, biking, and driving in the neighborhood. CDOT will discuss the purpose of the project, explain the benefits of neighborhood greenways, and describe the design elements under consideration.

Elements include:

  • Bump-outs at many corners to make pedestrian crossing more clear.
  • Bike markings to make clear where bikes should go.
  • Added pick up and drop off space for St. James School
  • Raised cross-walks for St. James School
  • Safety measures for bikes entering Oz Park
  • No loss of parking
Our office will attend the meeting, take notes and seek your feedback. For the presentation from the first meeting, click here. For information on greenways, click here.
Ward Walks
Saturday, August 24
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
North Pond Gazebo
2521 N. Stockton Ave.

Our office will be hosting a Ward Walk with the Park West Neighborhood this Saturday to survey the Park West section of ward. We will be meeting at the North Pond Gazebo at 10 a.m. Wear sunscreen and a hat, if needed. We will walk the streets to check for signs, streets, alleys and sidewalks that may need repair and check for graffiti or sanitation code violations.

The boundaries will be as follows: N Halsted on the west, W Diversey on the north, N Stockton on the east, and W Fullerton on the south . If you want to arrange a walk in a different neighborhood, please email   Sheila@ward43.org   to set a date for you and your group.
Mayor Lightfoot Budget Survey and Town Halls
Through September 30

The City has launched new public survey at  www.chicago.gov/2020budget . Now through September 30th, the survey will act as a tool for the administration to ascertain which priorities residents will want to focus on over the course of the discussion and will survey residents on topics ranging from public safety and infrastructure; to neighborhood services and public health. Mayor Lightfoot will be holding budget town halls throughout the city.

The following meetings are on the North Side:

  • North - Wednesday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • West - Saturday, September 14 from 9-11 a.m. Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave.
2019 Sewer Lining Program
Thursday, August 22
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
W. Menomonee from Orleans to Lincoln Ave.

The Department of Water Management is scheduled to work on a Sewer Lining Project with an anticipated start date of Thursday, August 22nd and be completed by the end of the week on August 23rd. This project will rehabilitate the existing sewer in your area without the conventional digging method.

Work Includes the Following:
  • Cleaning and televising of the Main Sewer.
  • Cleaning and televising of Catch Basin Pipes (drainage pipe from the structures on the curb-side)
  • Lining of sewers and catch basins.
  • After the Main Sewer is lined, house drain services will be restored.
  • The lined sewer will be televised to ensure that the work was done properly.
Business Licensing 101
August 30
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St. - 11th Floor, Room 1103

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license and will access free business resources to start or expand their businesses.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please reserve your attendance by calling 312-744-2086, or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.
To learn more about BACP's workshops, visit www.chicago.gov/businessworkshops.
City Job Posting
OEMC Police Communications Operator
Applications Accepted Through August 24

This position is open to the general public and to all current city employees. Attached is the job posting for the Police Communications Operator II position at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).
Please visit the Dept. of Human Resources to apply: https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en.
City Job Posting
Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor
Employment Litigation
Applications Accepted Through September 3

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor in the Employment Litigation Division. See Law Department Careers (Job Number: 326881). Submission deadline for both the online application and hard-copy materials is September 3, 2019. Submissions must meet all requirements posted on the website.
College Interns Fall Term
Autumn / Winter Session

We are seeking qualified interns interested in gaining valuable municipal government experience, assisting the 43rd Ward office in constituent services, business outreach, public policy, and legislative research.
The ideal intern should be motivated with strong writing skills, great attention to detail, and strong interpersonal communication skills.

If you're interested please send a copy of your resume and a 1-3 page writing sample to   yourvoice@ward43.org  or check out our posts on   LinkedIn  or Handshake.
Community Events
Tour of Green City Market - Lincoln Park
Saturday, August 24
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a. m.
1817 N. Clark St.

Celebrate Green City Market's 20th Anniversary by learning about their farmer support, food access and edible education initiatives at GCM Lincoln Park farmers market. On this tour, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the market, tastings from local farms, and learn about sustainability initiatives in the Chicago community.

After the tour, attendees are encouraged to shop the market and attend other market programs. For a full list of programming and events at the market for this day,  click here .
Ward Night
Monday, September 9
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Our third Ward Night will be on Monday, September 9th due to the Labor Day holiday. Please sign up in advance at this link; walk-ins will be accomodated in the remaining time.
See you in the neighborhood,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
August 9, 2019
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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