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Update #24

Garfield Green Name Voting Update and Process

Dear Neighbors, 

Happy Black History Month! We also hope that everyone’s year has started off strong.  

Early this month, the project was approved by the Community Development Commission! The recommendations to sell the City-owned parcels on the southeast corner of Fifth and Kedzie Avenues to POAH and to allow for the development of this land using TIF resources were passed. We received Zoning Approval from the Chicago Plan Commission [hyperlink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCl8lb56R6c ] in November for our Planned Development designation and approval from the Committee on Zoning in December. Thank you to everyone who expressed support leading up to these meeting and along the way. The next stages of the development process will be the completion of the building permit application and for the project to be bid to at least three general contractors.  

On February 3rd, members of our Arts and Culture Committee met to condense the list of potential names for the project from a list of twenty-seven from December’s All-Committee meeting to four finalists. The group operated with the overall intentions of selecting names that felt authentic to the character of East Garfield Park and ones that paid homage to informal names, meaningful concepts and iconic individuals who established a power base in the community. The names selected as a result of this fruitful discussion were: 

  • Garfield Legacy Place 
  • Legacy Village on Fifth 
  • Fifth City Commons  
  • Fred Hampton (Grove, Place Village, Estates)*  

               * Pending family approval  


From now until March 11th at 11:59 pm, all will have the chance to cast their ballots to help decide the name of this project! The link to the poll is https://courbanize.com/projects/c40garfieldpark/comments?ordering=-created&topic=Help%20us%20choose%20the%20new%20name%20for%20C40%2FGarfield%20Green.

Everyone will be able to vote for one of the names listed or write in an alternative name that they feel would best fit the project. Thank you for your participation!