Wed. Oct 18 – CTA Post-Flyover Planning Meeting – Please Attend, Comment!

Bypass Area

Oct. 18, 2017  
6:00–8:00 p.m.
(*Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

The Center on Halsted
Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 N. Halsted Street
Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, is continuing its redevelopment study to complement the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project (RPM Phase One). The purpose of this Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study is to encourage specific, community-supported redevelopment strategies for portions of land required for the transit construction project that could be made available for redevelopment after construction.

Because this TOD study is community-driven, we rely on your input. This is the second in a series of three public meetings. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm outcomes of the first round of meetings and provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the study
  • Review study area planning principles
  • Consider redevelopment site concepts
  • Talk one-on-one with the CTA study team
  • Provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan

We look forward to seeing you.
If you have questions or need additional information,
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You’re Invited: CTA Public Meeting on Post-Flyover Redevelopment

Care about Central Lakeview?
Come see the CTA ideas – and tell them your ideas – for reconstruction after the Flyover is built. Speak up for the future of Clark Street and Lakeview.

May 4, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.

The Center on Halsted 

Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 N. Halsted Street
Third Floor
Chicago, IL

More about the meeting from DNA Lakeview:

Got Ideas For Belmont Flyover Redevelopment? CTA Asking For Input Thursday 

By Ariel Cheung and Josh McGhee

Chicago Never, Ever Learns

We now are preparing to say Goodbye to Central Lakeview and several blocks of iconic Clark Street – and Hello to blocks of empty, useless lots with overhead cement – all to ‘fix’ a 40-second delay occurring on only 40% of CTA Red Line trips downtown.

This seems a good time to revisit what happened to a huge area of Chicago – thriving businesses, residents and all – so they could create the charming, ugly, gridlocked Eisenhower Expressway.

Excellent WBEZ article: 

When the Eisenhower Expressway
Moved In, Who Was Forced Out?

reported by Robert Loerzel
questions asked by Jillian Zarlenga


Rahm + the Red Line TIF


Rahm plants seeds for Red Line TIF while
Chicago panics over Trump

As the mayor once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

fob_politics-cta-red_line-taxes-magnumWhile much of the country was losing its collective mind over the prospect of a President Trump, Chicago’s City Council unanimously passed Mayor Emanuel’s budget.

After the November 16 vote, the mayor and aldermen congratulated themselves for not raising property taxes in next year’s budget, at least not over and above the millions they’d raised earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, another proposal was swiftly flying through a separate approval process. And this one amounts to a $625 million property tax increase the mayor plans to use to rebuild portions of the Red and Purple Lines and construct the Belmont Flyover (which would allow the Brown Line to bypass Red Line tracks as it pulls into the Belmont station).

So how can the mayor and aldermen say they’re not raising property taxes when actually they’re about to do just that?
Link to the full article

Against the Flyover? Speak Up Wednesday, Nov. 16!

Here’s our last chance to stop the CTA from raising our taxes and using our money to destroy Central Lakeview with their unnecessary “signature project” brown line Flyover.

Notice: A public hearing will be held beginning at 1:00 p.m. regarding the proposed Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project Redevelopment Project Area


James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street

Assembly Hall, Concourse Level
Special Meeting, 1:00 p.m.
November 16, 2016



            Recommend approval of the redevelopment plan for the proposed Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, recommend designation of the area as a Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, and recommend adoption of Tax Increment Financing for the area.

Transit TIF Hearing – Please Attend!

City of Chicago + CTA Public Meeting
RPM Transit TIF Plan

6:00 pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sullivan Athletic Center,
2323 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago

Who should attend? All residents, property owners, taxpayers, anyone who cares about the future of Lakeview.

Transit TIF? The City of Chicago proposes to pay its share of funding for the CTA’s RPM (Red-Purple Line Modernization) Plan by creating a special TIF tax district of all the land within 1/2 mile in either direction along the Red Line tracks from Devon Ave. to Division St. So, your property tax dollars will be used to gut Central Lakeview and erect their silly  “Signature Project” Belmont Flyover.

What does this mean?  Why should you care?

Read here.

 Then, come to the meeting. Participate.