The new fence at 3842 S. Honore is part of the owner's active efforts to keep gang members away from the property.

3841, 3842 S. Honore Deny Gang Involvement; Alderman Continues Focus on Block

Published June 24, 2016

Individuals claiming to represent the owners of 3841 S. Honore St. and 3842 S. Honore St. have denied the properties' involvement in the gang and drug activity described by Chicago Police Department officers at the June 8, 2016, meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) for Beat 912. In direct outreach to this publication, these individuals refuted the public allegations made by police and community members at the CAPS meeting, as first reported here on McKinleyPark.org.

 
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Via phone and email, self-identified relatives of the property owners denied the properties' involvement, and the caller representing the 3842 S. Honore property noted the owner's installation of both a video surveillance system and a new iron fence to keep gang members from loitering. Neither of the properties' representatives nor owners replied to requests for an interview with this publication.

Although the office of 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas said the 3842 S. Honore property owners are now directly engaged in mitigating the issues on the block, problems persist at 3841 S. Honore. "We have reason to believe that the occupants of 3841 S. Honore are allowing the problem individuals entry into the property," said Samie Martinez, Cardenas' office manager and legislative assistant. The commander of the Chicago Police Department's Ninth District has been notified that an increased police presence is necessary, Martinez said.

Cardenas' office has focused intensively on this area through the Buildings Initiative program, where the office works with property owners to solve problems tied to abandoned structures. This has included demolishing a garage and erecting a high fence around the property at 3838 S. Honore St., which was abandoned and easily accessible to gang members, Martinez said. 

The office has also requested that the City of Chicago's Department of Law assess both 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore for inclusion in Chicago's Troubled Building Initiative, a program that compels property owners to conduct abatement measures or face fines and, ultimately, property seizure. However, neither property has qualified for targeting by this program, Martinez said. 

As reported earlier, the 12th Ward office has also been involved in the forced evictions of multiple gang member tentants on this block. Martinez also noted the 12th Ward's past consideration of a police blue light camera for this location, but residents did not respond positively to this proposal at the time.

The next CAPS meeting for McKinley Park's Beat 912 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at St. Maurice Church Hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago. All community members are invited to attend.

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