Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Crain's: South Works developer says project is still on

[VIDEO] What's going on with the site of the old South Works steel plant?
In a statement addressing a Chicago Tribune report last week in which Barcelona Housing Systems raised questions about the ambitious development's future, Ireland-based developer Emerald Living said Barcelona has not been part of the team behind the project for months and that Emerald "remains very committed to the New South Works project and Chicago."

The statement comes after BHS issued a statement to the Tribune that plans to buy the South Works site, which Emerald and Barcelona signed a contract last year to acquire, are "currently on hold because of soil contamination problems that need to be cleared," the report said.

An Emerald spokeswoman declined to comment on the apparent holdup but said in the statement that BHS played an advisory role when it came to "master-planning initiatives" and that it hasn't had a hand in the process since late 2017.

"The due diligence with respect to all commercial, legal, and environmental aspects of the project was handled exclusively by Emerald Living," the statement said. "BHS stepped back completely from New SouthWorks at that point and have not played any role in the project since."

Both statements cloud the prospects of the $3.5 billion proposal that Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted last year as a "major milestone" in the effort to redevelop the former U.S. steel mill site, which has sat unused since 1992.
The above video I googled searching for pics of the South Works site, is drone footage of the property recording in January 2015.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What a sad story that occurred over the weekend in Chatham

JP Paulus' shot of the sister's collapsed tent Jan. 2018
Back in January 2018, JP Paulus wrote about a pair of homeless sisters. They had camped out on the lot of a now closed Church's Chicken at 87th & King Drive:
They are two sisters who sit under a makeshift tarp tent. They claim it is a church, and that as such, gives them the right to be encamped wherever they are. They seem to sit in 2 chairs under the tarp, stay there all day, and then sleep there. They only occasionally come out.

They have been encamped by the former Church's Chicken on 87th & King Drive. They seem to have been there some time after it closed, and when they took off the Church's sign.So it has been a number of weeks, if not months.

Last week, I noticed that one of the chairs seemed to be down. A few days later, the "tent" hadn't returned to normal.
Now this was back in January. What a difference three months make? Here is something of an indirect update provided by Worlee Glover at Concerned Citizens of Chatham:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tribune: Emanuel plan to get police to buy homes in more violent neighborhoods hasn't netted many sales yet

You know I sort of get the point of this program. How likely is it criminal activity would take place in front of a first responder like a police officer or a fire fighter? Though it's good to know that city workers will still choose Chatham :)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to get Chicago cops and firefighters to spread out into the city’s struggling neighborhoods has yet to draw much interest.

Six months after the mayor dangled a monetary carrot to try to get them to purchase homes in high-crime parts of the South and West sides, just two police officers have taken advantage, according to the city Department of Planning and Development. And both closed on houses in the South Side Chatham neighborhood that’s already known as a favorite landing spot for first responders and other city workers.

Emanuel’s program offers $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters to buy a home in certain more violent areas of the city. If they stay for at least 10 years, they don’t have to pay the city back. It’s an idea employed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in previous decades that Emanuel restarted last year.

Because of the low participation so far, some aldermen are suggesting changes. But the mayor’s administration wants to see if the program gains steam as the weather warms up and more young officers enter the homebuying market.

The proposal set aside $3 million to pay for the loans and passed the City Council easily last year, but not without skepticism from some aldermen about whether it would spur investment in areas that need it most.

The program was organized to promote homebuying by police, firefighters and paramedics in parts of Chicago’s six most statistically violent police districts, which include portions of several neighborhoods beset by crime and disinvestment like South Lawndale and Englewood. The districts, though, also include less violent parts of the city, notably Chatham.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Vote for your Local School Councils TODAY!

Today, the residents of Chicago can vote for their Local School Council (LSC).

Did you know that?  While we know parents at a particular school would be voting, the residents who live IN a neighborhood school's neighborhood boundaries can ALSO vote, even if you don't have a student there.

The voting is a bit confusing... most schools have 6 parents offices and 2 community offices to fill. But voters can only vote for 5 candidates. Now, they can be any combination of parents and communitiy.

For more information (such as which school you are eligible to vote in), see the Chicago Public Schools website. (Note: due to high interest, the CPS website might be down or nonresponsive. Please check again) The LSC elections map will let you know where you should vote.

Urban Partnership Bank: community shred day

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Where: Urban Partnership Bank
             7801 S State

Here's a posting from Concerned Citizens of Chatham with flyer:

Monday, April 16, 2018

The new 95th terminal is open

[VIDEO] It was probably open since Saturday night when they had workers pass out flyers with regards to the change at 95/Dan Ryan. As part of this extension rehab project a new south terminal is open and is now where Red Line riders will currently board not only Pace and CTA buses also Red Line trains.

There was work on a new platform directly under the south terminal so trains will be pulling from a different location than usual. The original station house on the north side of 95th will be rehabbed. As a result it is now closed. As you see in the video above there was a ribbon cutting ceremony that shows many state & local officials.

I did go up there around the time of the ribbon cutting to just check out the scene. Snapped a few shots long the way I would've liked to have gotten the inside of the terminal where there was a black curtain blocking the view of the back part of the terminal. There was a police office posted to that curtain so I chose not to snap a shot of it. I presume this is where the ribbon cutting had taken place yesterday.

One thing that can be said utilizing ig is that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was there for this momentous occasion which you can see in the post below. Feel free to swipe to see a more complete record of Sunday.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

What would you like to see at 83rd & King Drive?

83rd/King Dr August 2009
For this post I'm sharing a link to another post about this lot from August 2009. The basic history of this lot that it was formerly a Jewel store and then was a state police facility and finally a church. The lot is currently vacant after a fire destroyed the building that former stood here where the community garden stands.

Fast forward to 2017, Worlee Glover had mentioned in one of his posts on Concerned Citizens of Chatham about a 6th ward resident wanting to get support for a Trader Joe's. Well this could be a great site for a Trader Joe's. Then again who else would want to get their hands on this lot I can only wonder.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Olive-Harvey College open house

Our IG account had just been tagged with this. Olive-Harvey College at 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue is hosting an open house for their college. You can RSVP at the link you will see in post embed below: It will be held on tomorrow Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Got any questions call OHC at 773.291-6100 or email them at ohcadmissions @

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 6th Ward senior meeting #6wardchicago

Today is the senior meeting sponsored by 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer. It takes place at the Alderman's service office at 706 E. 79th Street from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Flyer is below in this ig post. Want more info call the Alderman's office at 773.635.0006

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Izola White, RIP

I don't know when JP Paulus found out (he did a quick post about this on our FB page Tuesday), however, she passed away recently. She owned a well-known soul food restaurant called Izola's near 79th & Rhodes that had closed in 2010 according this Tribune article. It first opened in 1957, condolences to her friends and family.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hiring event at Olive-Harvey College #Ward09 #6thWardChicago

Sorry for the late notice of this, however, you may have noticed this on our ig page. Whoever runs the ig for Olive-Harvey College tagged our ig Sunday night. I had reposted sometime on Monday, however you arrived across this information hopefully you're able to attend this event for PepsiCo. Especially if you're looking for a job.

Refer to the flyer above for more details any questions contact career cents at 773.291.6349. OHC is located at 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The new 95th station is coming along

Snapped this shot of the new south of 95th terminal  on Friday. And snapped other shots around the station Friday morning and evening. They took some of the fencing away and perhaps it won't be too long before this new station is open. Of course the original north of 95th station remains open and there is some construction there as well.

Here's a post from ig that includes the above pic and additional shots with some video included.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Community hiring event for new Englewood high school #6wardchicago

You might have seen this on our ig page and what you see below is from Worlee's Concerned Citizen's of Chatham fb page. There will be an embed of the flyer below. This new south side high school is for the one to be built on the site of Robeson High School at 6835 S. Normal Blvd.

Community Hiring for New Southside High School
  • Friday, April 6
    Kennedy King College
    740 W 63rd
  • Friday, May 11
    Ujamaa Construction
    7744 S Stony Island
Call the Public Building Commissioner at 312.744.3090 or visit their webpage
Sorry for this late notice on this blog of the hiring event here's hoping you have some time to go Today. If not then you have some time for the May 11th event on Stony Island. Also note that this event was posted to Concerned Citizens of Chatham, The Sixth Ward's fb and ig pages since earlier this month.