A tremendous thank you to the hundreds of supporters who have worked tirelessly in support of this development over the past three years! With this funding, we now have the pieces in place to move this development to a closing in Summer of 2019!
As a reminder, if you are interested in signing up for our interest list, please go to www.fccommunities.org/5150nwh
We will be scheduling a groundbreaking ceremony for summer, so please click on the "subscribe" button to be notified of updates. We will also be unveiling some upgraded plans showing the work we have done on the interiors - we are really excited with the direction that the design is headed.
Thank you to everyone who has commented so far! We’ve appreciated all your feedback and it’s help us get a better understanding of the community’s interest in the project. To continue the dialogue, we’ve added some new questions about:
how our community and commercial space can most benefit the neighborhood.
Click through these new topics in our comments section and post your ideas to help us continually improve our project. We can’t wait to hear from you!
We are excited to share that our application for funding is being reviewed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and that we were able to secure veterans-specific VASH vouchers for the development through our work with the VA!
We are also in the process of finalizing new survey questions; we want to hear more from the community on how our commercial space will be best utilized, and what residential amenities generate the most interest.
Last week saw the culmination of a two year community process, as our Planned Development amendment was approved unanimously through both the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, and the full City Council. We would like to thank everyone who has participated in this process to date.
Next steps will be presented here in the near future, so please "follow" this project for updates.
Yesterday, with the strong support of local residents, community groups and advocates for veterans and persons with disabilities, Full Circle's Planned Development amendment passed Chicago Plan Commission. With this approval, our development can be presented to the Committee on Zoning, and then on to full City Council.
Testimony in support of the development was offered by local veterans, workers, disability activists and parents with children in the local schools, and was augmented by data on housing cost burden provided by housing policy experts.
We are excited about the opportunity to present our revised plan at the Chicago Plan Commission on September 13th!
Also, we've had some really good interactions over the past week with neighbors who are participating through this site - please make sure you are involved in the process by taking our poll and leaving your comments!
Tuesday night, Full Circle had another opportunity to engage with the community, this time through a telephonic town hall. More than 400 people joined the call to hear details about this development, and we were able to answer almost thirty questions. For those who did not participate on the call, we’d like to highlight some of the questions and comments that came out of the discussion.
How / When can we apply? What is the process?
This was by far the most discussed topic. We are already compiling an interest list (http://www.fccommunities.org/5150nwh), and if all goes as planned, we will be sending out preliminary applications in summer of 2020. Our application materials will be available online and in-person, and our management staff will be available to help applicants complete their paperwork.
Changes to the building.
We were able to present many of the changes that we have incorporated as a result of extensive community feedback. There was good dialogue on the choice to reduce the number of units in the building, from 100 to 75, and to reduce the number of three-bedroom apartments to 38. We discussed how new design elements like the building setback, unit balconies and materials selection reduced the feeling of mass and made the area more pedestrian friendly. Participants were referred to the renderings on this site.
Veterans and Persons with a Disability.
We answered a great many questions about our preferences for veterans and persons with a disability, and how these applicants would be served, selected and matched with units in the building.
- 15 units will be held to be rented to veterans and their families exclusively, and every unit will have a veteran’s preference. To qualify as a veteran family, at least one member of the household must be a veteran.
- We will also have a preference for persons with a disability, as 100% of the units will be accessible or adaptable with universal design features. Residents requiring specific accessibility features can request individualized accommodations to be provided by Full Circle.
- Finally, our marketing and outreach through local service organizations will prioritize getting the word out to our target populations; more than 25 veterans or persons with a disability have already signed up on our interest list.
There were really good questions about the impact of this development on schools, storm-water and traffic.
- Full Circle’s analysis (corroborated by an UIC Great Cities school impact study) suggests less than 5 children per grade level are expected to utilize local schools, especially when factoring in nearby schools with programs to serve children with disabilities who may benefit from our accessible units.
- Unlike the majority of existing development in Jefferson Park, 5150 will store rainwater on site in an underground vault, and will not discharge storm-water into the city sewer system.
- We propose offering significantly more parking than either zoning or our own analysis shows will be necessary, and we are eliminating a driveway currently serving the site, which will aid traffic and pedestrian safety.
Lastly, we were able to dispel some myths about the building.
- Full Circle is working with Friendship Community Place (www.friendshipcommunityplace.org) as the presumptive first floor tenant to envision co-working and community space, where local organizations can share administrative office space, host meetings and hold community events. You will notice that many of our survey questions are focused on how best to activate that space!
- The unit mix was designed intentionally to mirror the larger community - for example, 20% of households within the larger community earn less than $25,000 per year, and 20% of our units are affordable to those families.
We enjoyed the continuing opportunity to engage with the community, and hope that we can all keep the discussion going in this forum as the development progresses.
We're excited to continue our multiyear community engagement process in Jefferson Park through this interactive site! Please click the Follow button to receive notifications about updates.