Daley Still Trying to Improve Chicago Housing

May 05, 2011

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley got a standing ovation Wednesday as he led his last City Council meeting.


Daley seems relaxed at his last City Council meeting.

Almost all of Chicago’s 50 alderman used their time on the floor to honor Chicago’s longest-serving mayor, who becomes a private citizen on May 16.

But he’s not done yet. On Tuesday, Mayor Daley introduced ordinances supporting such issues as affordable housing, the preservation of historic buildings and the development of open space.

Some of the ordinances included:

*Senior housing: This ordinance puts aside money in bonds, loans and TIF funds for the $20.3-million rehabilitation of a former Goldblatt’s department store, at 47th St. and South Ashland Ave., into a 101-unit supportive living facility for seniors in Chicago’s New City neighborhood.

The developer, Goldblatt’s of Chicago LP, plans to convert the upper floors of the former store into 27 one-bedroom and 74 studio units with kitchenettes for low-income seniors. Three of the units will have no income restrictions.

*Rental housing: This authorizes funds in the way of loans, bonds and fee waivers toward the $41.9-million rental housing development project in Chicago’s Douglas community. Park Boulevard Phase IIA, in the 3600 block of South State St. and West 36th St., is part of the CHA’s Plan for Transformation.

The developer, Stateway Associates, LLC, plans to create 128 apartments in four mixed-income buildings ranging from one to three bedrooms. The development will offer 53 affordable units, 29 will be market-rate and 46 will be deemed replacement units for former CHA residents.

*Landmark designation: This ordinance designates five former Schlitz Brewery tied houses and one former stable as Chicago landmarks. Schlitz tied houses were taverns that sold only the brand of beer to which they were “tied.”

The five commercial buildings that used to house taverns owned by Schlitz are at 958 W. 69th St., Englewood; 3456 S. Western Ave., McKinley Park; 2159 W. Belmont Ave., North Center; 3159 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview; and 11400 S. Front Ave., Roseland. The former stable building is also in Roseland at 11314 S. Front Ave. These buildings are part of a group of nine Schlitz buildings under consideration for landmark status.

Mayor Daley also introduced two ordinances that authorize the sale of two city-owned lots for open space and a community garden in the Greater Grand Crossing Community, and another ordinance that approves the transfer of four city-owned lots to the Chicago Park District to create an indoor skate board park in the Near South community.

The $3-million project will become the city’s first indoor skate park.

Another Daley legacy.

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Thank you for the information. I enjoy reading your blog. It seems the Mayor wants to make a positive mark on his way out.

Brian Hayes

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