Please take a look at the designs that University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture’s Center for Building Communities did for Roosevelt Square. Give some thought to the potential that the remaining ninety acres of vacant public land in our community have to become something spectacular, rather than yet another rather mundane development, or, worse yet, a recreation in kind of Chicago’s notorious, failed public housing.
With the Roosevelt/Racine TIF extension slated to go before Chicago’s City Council this summer, we decided to host a meeting on Thursday, May 9th, at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Taylor Street. The purpose of the meeting was to review the work of nine graduating fifth year senior students of architecture from the University of Notre Dame, who worked many months with the University’s Center for Building Communities on designs for Roosevelt Square as their professionally juried senior thesis projects.
C4C is using this design work by these very talented, young and enthusiastic architects to begin a much needed public discussion about and community engagement initiative for what Roosevelt Square can become with vision and creativity. One of the students received six job offers before she graduated, including one from the prestigious Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City. We asked one of the students to design a much needed public high school as part of C4C’s Central City High School initiative.
With the closing of Urban Union, one of the better restaurants on Taylor Street and one which brought a great deal of good publicity to our community, and the likely closing of some other businesses on Taylor Street in the near future, it is important that Roosevelt Square be successfully developed with thoughtful community input.