Early Learning in McKinley Park Gets Kick from Overhauled Kids Room

The newly overhauled early childhood room at the McKinley Park field house is one of many fixes recently implemented at the facility.
The newly overhauled early childhood room at the McKinley Park field house is one of many fixes recently implemented at the facility.
Published February 22, 2019

The early learning facilities in the field house at McKinley Park have been overhauled and refreshed for Spring 2019 programs, part of a larger field house clean-up and rehabilitation being spearheaded by new McKinley Park Supervisor Briana Soria. In addition to completely replacing the floor and sub-floor for the early learning room, the room shines with a new paint job, and all old and broken equipment and materials have been removed and replaced.

Early learning instructor Marilyn Camacho said that the improved facilities will support park programs geared toward young children, including play school, story times, the kiddie college and upcoming programs tied to nutrition and healthy eating. "It's a much better environment for kids and parents," she said.

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City of Chicago Acknowledges Errors, Confirms OK for Current Ice Warehouse Work

Published February 21, 2019

In a February 14, 2019, letter, Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Judith Frydland addressed issues surrounding approval of work on the former ice storage warehouse at 2133 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, noting problems in the city's data-collection practices and the mistaken issuance of a January 23, 2019, stop work order.

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the development has undergone scrutiny based on city action now known to be tied to errors in addressing in Department of Buildings systems. "The ownership has fully cooperated" in resolving the issue, the letter stated, including developer Aberdeen Development Inc. suspending all exterior demolition work until a Department of Buildings review is completed.

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Former Ice Warehouse Subject of Redevelopment Scrutiny

The property under redevelopment at 2133 W. Pershing Road includes a six-story former ice storage warehouse being overhauled by Aberdeen Development Inc.
The property under redevelopment at 2133 W. Pershing Road includes a six-story former ice storage warehouse being overhauled by Aberdeen Development Inc.
Published February 20, 2019

A major development on Pershing Road in the Central Manufacturing District is under fire from a Chicago-based preservation group, with the project's developer asserting he's been acting in good faith to legally redevelop the property. Preservation Chicago, a non-profit that champions Chicago's historic environment and buildings, issued a press release on February 13, 2019, decrying the process for demolition at the former ice storage warehouse at 2133 W. Pershing Road and pushing for establishment of mandated protections for the area.

"We need a Chicago Landmark District to protect these buildings from further destruction," said Preservation Chicago Executive Director Ward Miller. "Preservation-sensitive redevelopment can go forward with great incentives, if employed."

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CAPS Cop Keeps Community Clued In To Neighborhood Crime

Officer Jason Solis details crime stats at the February 13 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program as beat Co-Facilitator Glenn Young looks on.
Officer Jason Solis details crime stats at the February 13 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program as beat Co-Facilitator Glenn Young looks on.
Published February 19, 2019

The Wednesday, February 13, meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program again brought together community members and the Chicago Police Department to share information about local public safety issues.

"Overall, crime was down," said CAPS Officer Jason Sollis, noting that zero burglaries were reported in Beat 912 in the past month. "This is significant for this time of year," he said. "Your nosy neighbors are working."

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Politics, Arts and Outreach Heats Up Neighborhood This Week in McKinley Park

Published February 18, 2019

The Chicago municipal elections are coming up on February 26, and political events and early voting have activated the McKinley Park neighborhood. On Saturday, February 23, the Green New Deal March and Rally begins adjacent to the Orange Line El stop at Archer Avenue and Leavitt Street. Marchers and City Council candidates for the 12th Ward are expected to attend the rally, speak and march to the route's conclusion at Pershing Road and Damen Avenue.

The field house in McKinley Park is one of the citywide locations for Early Voting, and Chicagoans can vote early — as well as register to vote — every day leading up to the election. Monday through Friday, February 18 to 22, early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 23, early voting is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, February 24, the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are encouraged to participate in this extremely consequential election for Chicago city offices.

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