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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

Our neighborhood is in great need for gathering amenities. We have no public library, no grocery store, no dog park, no coffee shops, etc. It is important that public space is created to draw more people... Read more...

For me creating some sort of retail hub would be first. Shop, dine, drink. Wicker Park had the intersection of North/Milwaukee and Damen and things spread from there. Logan Square also has a stretch... Read more...

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What features should the apartments have?

They should be constucted with materials that will not degrade after 10 years. It is important that these items are selected for long-term mindsets to make it a stable asset to the community.

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How can we help West-side-based and Black-owned business owners be successful?

I think you need to be more creative and non-traditional in how you finance Black-owned businesses. Using traditional credit models to assess the true financial condition of Black entrepreneur is causing... Read more...

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How can we help West-side-based and Black-owned business owners be successful?

Offer business training courses and certifications; create business incubators (L1 business accelerator through Arts & Public Life is a good model); bring in speakers and uplift local examples of neighborhood... Read more...

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Phase 2 will consist of approximately 31 units for long term ownership - how many of each type should there be? 1 BR; 2 BR, 3 BR?

I believe long term owners will want at least 2 bedrooms. So, 2 and 3 bedroom should be priority with fewer single.

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The images that we used in the competition for this project are just a starting concept. What do you like and dislike about them?

Too boxy and modern. How can this development be in conversation with the grand architecture of Marshall HS right across from it? Appreciate the mixed use space and the open plaza--needs more greenery,... Read more...

I like the clean and modern model. It’s not going to be similar with the stiles of the area, yes we know what but nothing building know looks similar to 1800-1900 construction.

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

Create connections with the historical Fifth City Human Development Project that worked to revitalize the neighborhood in the 60s-80s. Tell the stories of radical community development that are part of... Read more...

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

Attract others that have never been to this area see the beautiful houses that have been around for more than 100 years

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

This is a very old neighborhood, some of the original downtown buildings of Chicago. I think it should have a multicultural feel, but also reflect the current neighborhood.

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What makes a safe and attractive site – what should playground, landscaping, fencing, parking look like? What other changes will improve safety at the property and on the block?

Landscaping, fencing, a toddler playground would be nice. However, we are too close to the high school to have a regular playground. It would be overtaken.

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What features should the apartments have?

Larger apartments need open concept for family gatherings. Tub/shower combos.

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Phase I (southeast corner of Fifth and Kedzie) will consist of approximately 45 units for rent. How many of each bedroom type: 1 BR; 2BR; 3 BR?

13 one bedroom, 17 two-bedroom, 15 three-bedroom

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What goods and services do you leave the neighborhood for that this project might be able to meet?

Restaurant. Art/fabric supply. Health foods. Artistic, Afrocentric items.

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

Please do not include any marijuana or liquor sales and no bars in the retail portion. Also, an arts oriented business would help preserve culture. No more than one salon and one barber shop. I don't... Read more...

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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

Retail will be greatly appreciated. Both rental and condo apartments and/or duplexes are good as long as they are well built.

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