The 35th/Archer Orange Line El Station and surrounding area is one of 11 projects selected by the City of Chicago for its inaugural Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Pilot Program.

McKinley Park El Stop Joins Chicago Transit-Oriented Pilot Program

Published November 22, 2021

The 35th/Archer Orange Line El stop will be among the very first projects in the City of Chicago’s Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Pilot Program thanks to a successful grant request from the McKinley Park Development Council.

 
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Council Board Member Liz Gres said the project dovetails off the separate Elevated Chicago grant the council also received as a local visioning project for ETOD.

 
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“This comes with a $15,000 grant and allows us to go beyond visual preference and visioning work,” Gres said. Funds will support a traffic study around the El stop and ensure engagement with residents in multiple languages.

First-Ever Program

“It includes getting technical assistance on which strategies to pursue to best promote the types of development the community plan and ETOD zone makes possible,” Gres said.

Chicago’s ETOD pilot program is the initial implementation of the city’s first-ever ETOD Policy Plan, adopted in June 2021 by the Chicago Plan Commission. Eleven projects across Chicago were awarded up to $20,000 each.

"Our ultimate goal with the ETOD program is to maximize the benefits that high-quality, affordable and reliable transit provides to our communities," said Chicago Mayor Lightfoot.

 
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“Being able to walk or bike comfortably to transit is critical to the well-being of a neighborhood,” said Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi. “We look forward to partnering with the grantees to improving walkability and supporting these pilot projects.”

Part of Neighborhood Plan

“These ETOD pilots are bringing affordable housing, community centers, small businesses, cultural venues and public art within walking distance to train stations and bus routes,” said Elevated Chicago Program Director Roberto Requejo.

ETOD is a major element of the McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan, also a McKinley Park Development Council project, representing one of the plan's six main goals for the neighborhood.

In an outreach message, the council noted that it is forming a working group on local ETOD issues and is seeking new board members. The next McKinley Park Development Council Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

 
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The online meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council on November 17, 2021, includes discussion of the program award from the City of Chicago's Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Pilot Program.


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