The first community meeting for the new Roosevelt Square master planning team to gather public input, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Fosco Park, has been postponed. We will notify the community with a new date and time soon.
Please plan to attend the rescheduled meeting if you are able to and please tell your neighbors if they are not in our e-newsletter community database. (They may sign up here).
C4C worked diligently to get a master planning team procured by the Chicago Housing Authority to rethink Roosevelt Square taking into account the past successes, opportunities and challenges that have arisen with this complex redevelopment of what was once one of the nation’s largest public housing developments.
According to the most recent and largest real estate appraisal firm market report, the Q2 2014 saw net absorption of 1,011 units of rental housing following the 1,013 units absorbed in the first quarter. Over the last two years an average of 1,530 units were absorbed per year. Still, nothing new has been developed at Roosevelt Square despite our community taking a risk and signing off on two 60 unit rental buildings planned for 1255 and 1355 W. Roosevelt Rd. after public meetings years ago. Yet, CHA pushed ahead to approve spending $4.5 million for a community center at 1254 S. Loomis that nobody knows about and many people do not want and all without any public input and without allowing its newly procured master planning team to weigh in on whether it is needed and, if so, where it might be located. CHA has been in the news a great deal recently for sitting on large amounts of cash and for paying luxury rent for CHA Housing Choice Voucher holders, which drew Congressional scrutiny that forced CHA to change that policy. The Emanuel administration needs to exert leadership at CHA. The future of our community is closely tied to the future of Roosevelt Square and at present that future is uncertain. Our community, the Emanuel administration and the Chicago Housing Authority, working with the many institutional stakeholders in our community, need to change that.