C40 Contest Finalists Get Set to Dig Into Pershing Road Project

Three large city-owned lots comprise the Pershing Road project site for C40's Reinventing Cities design contest.
Three large city-owned lots comprise the Pershing Road project site for C40's Reinventing Cities design contest.
Published October 19, 2018

The Pershing Road site for C40's Reinventing Cities contest has taken another step forward with the announcement of project finalists: two design groups that now face the task of conceiving and submitting specific redevelopment plans for the massive lots and buildings sprawling from 1717 to 1819 West Pershing Road.

"C40 has outlined 10 challenges we are trying to address," said Wes Andrews of Urban Intersection Partners, one of the firms comprising finalist Team Pershing. "Most are related to zero carbon and resiliency — these are the areas we are going to be working on."

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Developer Plans 34-Unit Condo Building on Archer Avenue

A rendering illustrates the planned design of the new building at 3211 S. Archer Ave.
A rendering illustrates the planned design of the new building at 3211 S. Archer Ave.
Published October 18, 2018

Construction is set to begin in spring 2019 on a 34-unit condo building at 3211 S. Archer Ave., according to a presentation from the builder and architect at the October 17 meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council. Architect Ron Vari Jr. explained the project's setup, design plans and changes in market focus as planning has moved toward breaking ground on the currently vacant property spanning three lots along Archer Avenue.

Notably, original building plans had to change to accommodate demand for smaller condos over larger, more luxurious residences. "The original units were too large for the area," Vari said.

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Water Main Work to Upend Roads, Traffic, Parking on 35th, Marshfield and Hermitage

Water main replacement gets underway at 35th Street and Hermitage Avenue on Tuesday, October 16.
Water main replacement gets underway at 35th Street and Hermitage Avenue on Tuesday, October 16.
Published October 17, 2018

Aged, crumbling water infrastructure dating back as far as 1875 is due for replacement over the next couple months, affecting stretches of West 35th Street, South Marshfield Avenue and South Hermitage Avenue as crews work to update it. During construction, traffic may be held up and parking restricted as workers from Benchmark Construction Co. install 3,891 feet of new, 8-inch water main.

The roadwork will occur on 35th Street between Ashland Avenue and Wood Street, on Hermitage Avenue from 34th Street to 36th Street, and on Marshfield Avenue from 35th Street to 37th Street. Construction should conclude in mid-December, according to a letter from 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, with complete repaving of the streets completed in spring 2019.

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Attempted Sex Assault, Burglary Spree Among Recent Crimes Highlighted at CAPS Meeting

CAPS Beat 912 facilitator Glenn Young reminds residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the beat meeting on Wednesday, October 10.
CAPS Beat 912 facilitator Glenn Young reminds residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the beat meeting on Wednesday, October 10.
Published October 16, 2018

Officers from the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program highlighted recent local crime incidents at the October 10 CAPS meeting for Beat 912, including an attempted nighttime sex assault on Western Boulevard and a string of local burglaries and related enforcement action. CAPS Officer Oscar Escalante stayed mum on the details of the attempted September 13 sex assault due to ongoing investigation and victim privacy; public records show the attempted attack took place at 10:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of South Western Boulevard.

Escalante offered more details on the neighborhood's recent burglaries, which targeted a mix of residential and commercial properties. A September 30 burglary at a commercial business in the 3600 block of South Ashland Avenue included theft from an office safe and the disabling and theft of the security camera footage, Escalante said. 

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Halloween Events, Community Meetings, Adult Fun Stand Out This Week in McKinley Park

From this past weekend, Open House Chicago attendees mob Zap Props on Sunday, October 14.
From this past weekend, Open House Chicago attendees mob Zap Props on Sunday, October 14.
Published October 15, 2018

The McKinley Park neighborhood begins its celebration of fall this week with a number of Halloween events for every type of fan of the season. Next Sunday, October 21, the Howl-o-Ween Parade and Costume Contest calls pet lovers and their pooches to McKinley Park for a parade through the park starting at noon. Kids and bike afcionados get their turn at 1:15 p.m. for the Kidical Mass costumed cruise around the park. Both events dovetail off the McKinley Park Farmers Market, running 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for one of its last stands of the season.

Adult Halloween fun finds a home on Saturday, October 20, at the Boos and Brews party at One City Tap, hosted by Villapalooza and featuring a costume contest and raffles, with music by DJ Greedy. Adult fans of fantastic food and beverages — and music — should look to the Liquid Dreams Festival on Sunday, October 21, at Marz Community Brewing Company, which is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its tap room.

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