I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. America’s independence is certainly a reason to celebrate. Working together we have accomplished much as a Nation as well as right here in the 11th Ward. I know there is still a lot of work to do and I am committed to improving the quality of life of residents every day. Whether it be attracting new developers, fixing a pothole, improving our schools or assisting businesses. I am working diligently to make sure the job gets done.
I would like to thank those of you who were able to attend my quarterly meeting at St. Barbara. I would also like to thank David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) and Jamil Muhammed, Manager of External Affairs, ComEd, for their presentation on preparing for Summer storms and how to mitigate property damage. It was very informative.
I also want to keep everyone informed on what is happening in our Ward. Housing developments continue to thrive and businesses are consistently moving in. There will be a new development at Throop Street and Hillock which consists of 20 single family homes with 40 parking spaces, 27 townhomes with 54 garage spaces and 18 guest parking spaces. The 99unit luxurious apartment development is underway in the North end of the Ward at 14th and Union. We also broke ground on 21st and Halsted.
In addition to all of the residential developments, we also have been attracting businesses to the Ward. Lakeside Bank is going to be moving in on 39th and Halsted. Lakeshore Recycling will continue to work on their million dollar recycling facility in the Back of the Yards. The United Postal Service Uniform store is officially opened on 32nd and Halsted. These businesses not only enhance our area but create more job opportunities.
Halsted Street is our main commercial corridor that runs through the length of the Ward. We are working hard to attract new businesses. We are working with Pot Stickers to construct a parking lot, in full compliance with the City Landscape Ordinance, on 31st and Halsted. I agreed to allow access from Halsted Street. I think this will be a great improvement and provide better public safety for the alley serving the residents on 31st and Emerald. I want to thank our neighbors who agreed to serve on our Community Beautification Committee and their work planting flowers in the flower beds along Halsted Street. It was great to have the community come together to make the neighborhood look great.
Last month, I introduced an ordinance downzoning several properties along Halsted Street. This means that the businesses currently operating are not affected, but it gives the Community the opportunity to have input on what new uses are allowed. I often hear from residents that we do not want another massage parlor, nail salon or tattoo parlor on Halsted Street. By changing the zoning, it gives us the opportunity to work together to attract businesses that complement the community and to make sure that happens.
I am looking forward to our upcoming events in July. Donovan Park will be showing The Sandlot on July 13th at 8PM and Bosley Park will be showing Guardians of the Galaxy on July 22nd at 8PM. I am working with Commissioner Daley and we will be bringing back the 11th Ward Fishing Derby. This event will take place at Palmisano Park on July 22nd for children ages 413. To sign up and find out more information please call my office at 773-254-6677.
We have additional police presence this summer. Once again the 9th District will host the Police Summer Mobile unit which means approximately 100 additional police officers will drive thru the community on their way to and from work.
In addition, 9th District Commander Chung has increased bike patrols. If you see the officers riding by, say hello and offer them a cold water this summer. I look forward to seeing all of you around and hope you take advantage of the free events at our parks.
11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson