BELMONT CRAGIN | AVENUES FOR GROWTH PLAN

 
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ABOUT

Belmont Cragin is a fast-growing, vibrant community. With 77% Latino residents and a high immigrant population, the neighborhood is home to stores, businesses and an entrepreneurial spirit. Yet, a need for living wage jobs and concerns over gentrification and displacement of residents and local businesses are rising in the community. Building upon recommendations from the 2016 Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan, the Belmont Cragin Avenues for Growth Plan will develop strategies for promoting the local business community and improving the key business corridors (Diversey Avenue, Fullerton Avenue, and Grand Avenue). The Plan will also explore the linkages between transportation improvements and economic development. The outreach process will engage community leaders, businesses, residents, and property owners. Working in coordination with the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) and the community at large, the final product will be an action plan for NWSHC, local officials, local businesses, and partner organizations.

CORRIDOR BOUNDARIES

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WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED

If you’re a resident: Share your ideas on what would improve your community and make it a better place to live.

If you’re a business owner or employee: We want to know the challenges your business may be facing.

If you’re a community organization: Tell us how the Plan can strengthen your work and community connections.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM THE PLAN?

Strategies for implementing projects that enhance the corridors, focusing on:

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PARTNERS

The Avenues for Growth plan is guided by residents’ input, and steered by JGMA Architects, Teska Associates, and the Northwest Side Housing Center. The Plan is funded by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which has undertaken more than 200 projects since 2012 to help the region’s communities plan for increased livability, sustainability and economic vitality.

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Kenya Merritt, Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Diana Mireles, Belmont Cragin Local Resident
Diamaris (Lulu) Quiles, Salon la Rouge Owner
Organizations
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Metra

Individuals
Juan Sebastian Arias, Enterprise Community Partner
Lindy Brady, Older Adult Leader
Rev. Gwen Byrd, Older Adult Leader
Juvi Hernandez, High School Leader
Luis Monterrubio, Dept. of Planning and Development
Diana Morado, State Farm 
Roxana Nava, Metropolitan Family Services-North