Most of McKinley Park falls within planned transit-oriented development zones, as shown in a figure from the Existing Conditions Report for the neighborhood plan coming from the McKinley Park Development Council and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

Council Lands Grant for Transit-Oriented Development Study

Published October 6, 2021

The McKinley Park Development Council, a volunteer-run non-profit in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood, won a $3,000 grant from Elevated Chicago as part of a program to inspire equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD).

 
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“A large portion of McKinley Park is eligible for eTOD programs,” a council statement said. “[The council] will use this grant to engage with urban planners to envision the future of Ashland Avenue.”

 
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Elevated Chicago’s grants focus on enabling resident planning in accessible housing development around public transit assets, and for programs that do not cause gentrification, the council stated.

Three-Part Plan

The McKinley Park grant will follow the council’s strategy to encourage eTOD in the neighborhood, starting with conceptual visioning of development potential on under-developed parcels of land.

Then the council will establish relationships with property owners in eTOD zones and work with developers and elected officials to preserve and grow affordable housing, the council stated.

 
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“The goal of eTOD is to increase the walkability of neighborhoods and decrease dependence on cars by expanding the availability of housing and retail near major transit lines,” the council statement said.

It also noted how eTOD is a key element of the McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan, a project the council released in early 2021 in conjunction with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).


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