Planning uncertainty: Roosevelt Square and opportunity

Connecting4Communities is grateful for the Emanuel administration’s engagement in Roosevelt Square. We are most appreciative of the administration’s support of our advocacy to have the Chicago Housing Authority agree to procure a new master plan for Roosevelt Square. Responses to the CHA’s call to provide master planning services are due at the end of this month and CHA will receive a number of responses from very sophisticated planners, some of international renown with stellar reputations and experience.

We are working to craft an institutional and community engagement framework for both the new Roosevelt Square master plan and its implementation. Crafting this framework will take people with a large number of complex requisite skill sets and we have identified many of them who will assist us. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us.

There is much at stake for our community. It has been over a decade since Related Midwest has had a contract with CHA to develop 2,441 units of mixed-income housing. To date, only 594 homes, or just 25%, have been built. The total cost of the ABLA Revitalization is over $200 million and it has been an ongoing affair since the first HUD HOPE VI grant for ABLA of $24 million was made in 1997. Please see our Roosevelt Square Brief.

C4C’s vision for our community is one that includes realizing the intent of HOPE VI and the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. Our vision includes guaranteed access to high quality public primary and secondary education for all of our community’s residents, access to economic opportunity and a safe, vibrant and effective socioeconomically integrated community.