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CHICAGO RECOVERY GRANT RECIPIENTS
July 21st, 2022

Dear Neighbor,

The Chicago Recovery Plan (CRP) is a citywide effort to catalyze a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing federal and local funding sources, the CRP is making grants available for private investment projects based on community-driven priorities established through the 2022 City budget process. Public funding is intended to foster thriving and safe communities, as well as support an equitable economic recovery. Learn more about the effort here.

This week, 79 businesses and organizations across 36 community areas were selected by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to receive more than $49 million in support of more than $97 million in total neighborhood investments. Thirty-five businesses and organizations—which account for nearly $33 million in total investment—are in INVEST South/West areas within the City. The projects will add vitality to business corridors, create jobs, enhance public safety and health, and provide amenities for those living in and visiting those neighborhoods. You can find a full list of recipients here.

I am so excited to share that 4 of the 79 CRP recipients are in the 46th Ward:

TIF FUNDED RECIPIENTS
CircEsteem

Located at 4730 N. Sheridan, CircEsteem has a mission to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts. They will officially become owners of their rented space sometime in mid-August. Constructed in 1915, this historic building is the former Lakeview Movie Theater, and CircEsteem's plans are to restore some of the building's historical elements while also renovating and customizing their space to meet their growing needs. They received a $3.7M grant that will help make their dream into a reality with construction starting in early 2023.

Chicago Market - A Community Co-op


Chicago Market will be a big, bright, beautiful community-owned grocery store featuring local, sustainably farmed, organic produce, meat, and dairy products, as well as all of the other staples you'd expect from your market. Located at the historic Gerber Building at 4620 N. Broadway, there was discussion at one time to demolish this building. Now it will be a vibrant Uptown business that is owned by the community. They received $5.2M in funding that will now enable them to open in late 2023, which will be the 100th anniversary of this building's construction. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMETN GRANT RECIPIENTS
Marina's Cafe
Located at 4554 N. Magnolia, this restaurant received over $135,000. When it opens, it will offer Puerto Rican cuisine and will serve both lunch and dinner as another great addition to our ward's global culinary scene.

People's Music School
People's Music School is the largest completely free music school serving Chicago children. They provide intensive, outcomes-driven, free music instruction (average 3 hours per student per week), with 250,000-plus learning hours delivered per year. Their $90,750 grant will help them repair their outdoor roof deck that's often used by the public during their music concerts.


All four of these organizations demonstrate why the 46th Ward is an incredible place for people to call their home. Please join me in celebrating their happy news!

Best,


 
MEET WITH ALD. JAMES CAPPLEMAN
SPEAK WITH ALDERMAN CAPPLEMAN EVERY TUESDAY 
Virtual office hours are every Tuesday from 3PM - 5PM via Zoom or phone. Sign up by the end of day Monday at 5:00pm by emailing the office at Ward46@cityofchicago.org. If this time period does not work for you, contact the Ward Office to schedule another time.

SCHEDULE A ZOOM MEETING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP
Ald. Cappleman or a staff member is also available to meet with your local neighborhood or business organization to provide updates about what's happening locally or city-wide. East Lake View Neighbors, Triangle Neighbors, Buena Park Neighbors, Sheridan Park Neighbors Association, Beacon Block Club, and Uptown United all do this on a regular basis. Schedule a time by either email at Ward46@cityofchicago.org or call 773-878-4646.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
MONTROSE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Last week at the Committee on Economic , Capital, and and Technology Development meeting, Ald. Cappleman and Mayor Lori Lightfoot sought approval for issuance of a Class 7(c) tax incentive for hospital properties at 4840 N. Marine Drive, 854 W. Lawrence Avenue, and 4720 N. Clarendon for the benefit of Montrose Behavioral Health Centers. The 60-bed children’s hospital and outpatient behavioral treatment at 4720 N. Clarendon is critically needed due to so few facilities of this kind in the Midwest. The health care facility located at 4840 N. Marine Drive will be for adults who are struggling with behavioral or addiction concerns and it is expected to open later in 2023. This ordinance received full City Council approval yesterday.

SARAH'S CIRCLE
Last week at the Housing and Real Estate Committee meeting, Ald. Cappleman and Mayor Lori Lightfoot sought a redevelopment agreement with financial assistance from Chicago Recovery Plan Funds to finalize the rest of the needed dollars to start construction of 28 units of supportive housing at 4737 N. Sheridan for women who would otherwise experience homelessness. This ordinance passed with full City Council support yesterday. This will be the third 100% affordable housing for Sarah’s Circle completed within three blocks of one another, all during Ald. Cappleman's term as alderman.

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES ORDINANCE
The 2008 mortgage lending crisis later created a severe housing shortage across the country because it was much harder for developers to obtain bank loans due to mandated changes in lending practices. The Connected Communities Ordinance will be one tool to help address our housing shortage by encouraging housing opportunities, affordability, and ADA accessibility near mass transit. Known as transit oriented development (TOD), this type of development is located close to CTA train stations and busy bus routes, and many people without cars are drawn to live in them. With fewer people owning cars, unused garage parking ends up adding considerably to the cost of renting an apartment, and it's these added costs that contribute to the escalating rents.  Ald. Cappleman strongly supported this ordinance because he believes it will be one of many needed solutions to help bring down the cost of renting. Click here for more information about this ordinance. City Council passed this ordinance yesterday.

SPEED CAMERAS
Ald. Beale submitted an ordinance that would allow speed cameras to ticket drivers who exceeded the speed limit at 10mph instead of the current 6mph limit. (The fine is $35 for driving 6mph - 9mph above the speed limit, and $100 when it is 10mph or higher.) Ald. Cappleman did not support this amendment because the risk of someone dying goes up exponentially the faster a car is traveling. Yesterday, City Council did not support raising the speed limit threshold to 10mph.
988 HOTLINE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SUPPORT
Call 988 for life-saving support and resources for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

FILMING NOTICE: NORTH SIDE OF IRVING PARK FROM PINE GROVE TO 640 W IRVING PARK RD
Full parking restrictions listed below:
CDPH UPDATE
Scan the QR code or click here to find more information. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
FIRST TEE OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, July 23rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Waveland Youth Facility, 3701 N Recreation Dr. 


2023 BUDGET TOWN HALLS

Saturday, July 30th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, is hosting a Budget Engagement Forum. More information can be found here. These events will be livestreamed on chicago.gov/live. ASL interpreting will be provided. Please email communityengagement@cityofchicago.org with request for additional language interpretation.



NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, August 2nd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark.

DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
CLARK STREET CROSSROADS
The goal of the Clark Street Crossroads process is to develop a unified vision that will guide future investment and public realm improvements along this corridor. If you were not able to attend the latest public meeting meeting, share your thoughts and priorities by completing the survey here.

DEVELOPMENT NEWS
AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS
If you have questions on any of these projects or other work taking place in the 46th Ward please reach out to our office at 
ward46@cityofchicago.org or 773-878-4646. When asking about developments or construction work, it is helpful to have the address of where the proposal or work is taking place.

835 W. WILSON

4701 N. CLARK

Developer Platinum Homes is requesting a zoning change from B3-2 to B2-3 in order to construct a five-story residential building. The proposal would have 38 dwelling units (29 two-bedroom, 2 bath units and 9 two-bedroom, 1 bath units with parking for 21 vehicles and 62 bicycles. The Department of Planning and Development has not yet provided final approval for the design, and more feedback is needed from Clark Street Block Club and Uptown United before going forward. Because the proposal is under $10M, it will not go before the full 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee. This development proposal is along Clark Street, which is currently undergoing a retail corridor study led by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, which is why this department's input is also crucial. Click here for more information.

4642 N. MAGNOLIA
Developer Finan Development, Corp is requesting a zoning change from RS-3 to RT-4 in order to build a 6-unit residential building on a double lot. On July 14, Ald. Cappleman met with Magnolia-Malden Neighbors Block Club and the developer.  Ald. Cappleman is now waiting for a letter from the local block club leadership before he makes his final decision about this project. 

4555 N. DOVER 
In response to a requirement for a 50' setback on Dover, the developer will increase the density of his proposal in order to meet the demands of his lender for a loan. Once a plan has been submitted, Ald. Cappleman will host a meeting with Dover Street Neighbors and the developer to discuss this proposal. After community input has been obtained, Ald. Cappleman will provide his decision on whether or not to approve an upzone.

3636 N. LAKE SHORE DRIVE
City Club Apartments contacted Ald. Cappleman to let him know of their plans to start construction of their project during the last quarter of 2022. Click here to review the approved project.

640 W. IRVING PARK ROAD
The Permit Review Committee recently approved plans to convert 640 W. Irving Park Road building (the former American Islamic College) for residential use. Earlier today, the Chicago Plan Commission also unanimously approved the project. This will be a 22-story senior living high-rise with 192 units to be built on the existing parking lot. The existing school was made a Chicago Landmark in 1983 and there are plans to convert it into 245 apartments. Next steps are approval from the City’s Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards Committee, and then finally approval from the full City Council.


WE WILL CHICAGO
Review and learn more about Chicago's first citywide planning initiative since 1966 here.  Provide feedback through the survey here.

SCHEDULE OF TREE TRIMMINGS IN THE 46TH WARD
The link to the full schedule can be found here. The list of trimming locations is based on 311 data from 2021 requests.

MENU FUND & INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE 
Since June 7, members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 have been on strike against Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials, and Lafarge Holcim – three companies that produce aggregate material, such as sand, gravel, and stone needed for asphalt and concrete. Unfortunately, this means that all CDOT projects, including menu projects and any pothole patching have been paused indefinitely until the City can once again acquire the materials necessary for construction. Given the work pause our office does not have any estimated timeline or work schedule for anticipated projects. We will provide updates on any changes to timelines as we receive them. 

CTA & RED PURPLE LINE MODERNIZATION (RPM) UPDATES

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the RPM project please contact RPM@transitchicago.com or call 331-303-2499. 

EXTENDED ALLEY CLOSURE
Starting Tuesday, July 5th to Saturday, July 30th. Alley work under the CTA tracks, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
AUGUST SCHEDULE
JOB LISTINGS & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Find up-to-date job listings here, and find more information about employment & volunteer resources here. 

CLEAR PATH RELIEF
The Clear Path Relief Pilot Program (CPR) is designed to help low-income motorists eliminate old debt by requiring payment of only the original fine amount on tickets issued within the last 3 years. Additionally, any new tickets will have 50% ​of the amount due waived if paid ​in a timely​ manner and will not incur any fees or penalties until after December 31, 2023. Motorists are eligible if they have a household income less than or equal to 300% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines or are currently enrolled in Utility Billing Relief. Additional details on the benefits, eligibility, and application for CPR can be found here.

CTA & ATU JOB FAIR
Saturday, July 23rd, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 3850 S Wabash Ave. Register for the event here.Or scan the QR code.


ARGYLE NIGHT MARKET VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  
Back for its 8th year, the Argyle Night Market will run every Thursday between July 7th and August 25th from 5:00 pm -9:00 pm.  This market features local vendors, delicious treats, and multi-cultural entertainment right in the heart of Uptown’s Asian Marketplace – Argyle Street (between Kenmore & Sheridan)! Part market, part street festival, this vibrant event is located on the city’s first shared street in Chicago. Two shifts per night are available for all volunteer duties (5:00 pm -7:00 pm and 7:00 pm -9:00 pm). Click here to sign up.

ARGYLE NIGHT MARKET VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Uptown United Booth - volunteers will pass out info about the neighborhood and assist with t-shirt sales
Beer Garden - volunteers will be partnered up with a staff member who is BASSET certified to serve alcohol.  
Greeters - volunteers will stand near the entrances to the market greeting guests and counting attendees.

CARE FOR REAL
Care for Real is facing a 332% increase in first-time pantry visits. More neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. When one couple who have supported Care for Real for more than 20 years learned about the surge in need, they we were inspired to act. Together, we set a $33,200 goal to help us feed more neighbors this summer. The couple will match the first $15,000 to double the impact of gifts from neighbors like you this month. We need your support today. Double your impact and give now.



LEGAL PROTECTION FUND
The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) is the newest partner of the Legal Protection Fund (LPF) Community Navigator Program and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). HAMOC will be holding various programs around the city on topics like Know Your Rights and Unauthorized Practice of Law. Additionally, HAMOC can refer people in need of legal support to NIJC for a FREE consultation for the following services:
  • Removal (deportation) proceedings
  • Family-based immigration
  • DACA renewals
  • Protection based immigration (U visa, T visa, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum)
  • Naturalization/Citizenship
  • Renewal of green cards
  • Temporary Protected Status

Contact HAMOC at 773-213-1869 or info@hamoc.org for more details.

MURAL COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
Email andybellomo222@gmail.com, fill out the survey here.


BEING A WISE CONSUMER

Wednesday, July 27th, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
This is a virtual event hosted by Chicago Methodist Senior Services. Register for the 12:00 PM here. Register for the 5:00 PM here.

IL ABLE PROGRAM
This program offers savings and investment accounts that can give eligible people with disabilities and their families greater financial independence. Importantly, IL ABLE makes it possible for eligible people with disabilities and their families to save and invest their money for expenses related to living with a disability without jeopardizing public benefits such as SSI, SSDI and Medicaid. You can find more information on the program here.


MEDICAID EXPANSION
If you qualify call South-East Asia Center for more information at 773-989-6927.
BICYCLE UPDATES
BIKE GIVEAWAY
Free bikes for eligible residents, find more information here.


CLARK STREET COMPLETE STREET IMPROVEMENTS

Our office hosted a virtual meeting to present the plans for protected bike lanes and in-lane bus boarding along Clark street from Irving Park and Montrose. You can find a recording of the presentation along with the improvement plan here. If you have questions or comments about this plan that you would like to share with the Chicago Department of Transportation, please email cdotbikes@cityofchicago.org


CDOT SAFE AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
The Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Park District have partnered up each summer to create a program to educate the public, young and old, about bicycle safety and awareness. This is a 6-week summer job opportunity starting July 5th, right after Independence day. Also, there is a paid orientation in the last week of June, but the date is not confirmed. Contact angel@chicagocompletestreets.org to learn more. The application can be found here.
PUBLIC SAFETY 

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

COOLING CENTERS & BEATING THE HEAT
During times of extreme heat the City of Chicago offers various ways to help residents check in on their neighbors and beat the heat as a community. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER
Cooling areas at Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services six community service centers are activated when the City’s emergency response plan is in place or as conditions warrant. When online, cooling centers operate from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays. 
The nearest Community Service Center located in the 46th Ward is the Northside Community Service Center located at 845 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 which can be reached at 312-744-2580. 

PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE 46TH WARD
Utilizing Chicago Public Library facilities is another way to beat the heat during extreme temperatures. 46th Ward residents are welcome to utilize the Bezazian Library branch at 1226 W. Ainslie Street which can be reached via phone at 312-744-0019. More information on their hours of operation can be found on their website here. 
Uptown Library branch at  929 W Buena Ave which can be reached via phone at 312- 744-8400. More information can be found here.

SENIOR CENTERS
Senior residents of the 46th Ward who are looking to beat the heat are encouraged to visit any of the Department of Family and Support Services Senior Center locations. 
Northeast (Levy) Senior Center
2019 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
312.744.0784(voice)
Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
5917 N. Broadway 60660
312.742.5323
Monday through Friday
8:30 – 4:30


WELL-BEING CHECKS
City resources and plans are more impactful with the support of every Chicagoan. We all should make a special effort to check on friends and neighbors during heat waves, especially older adults, young children, and residents with special needs. If you are unable to make contact, you can request a well-being check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting 311.chicago.gov, or calling 3-1-1.

SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. A heatstroke is more serious and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. The telltale signs of a heatstroke are:

  • An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong
  • Skin that is red, hot and dry

Some populations are at a higher risk in cases of extreme heat and should take extra precautions to protect themselves from heat, monitor their wellbeing, and access city cooling services. This includes people who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Live alone
  • Work outside
  • Are elderly
  • Have young children

If you see someone suffering from heatstroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water. Water fountains are available at Chicago Public Library locations.

OEMC LAKEFRONT/BEACH SAFETY
City of Chicago beaches are now open! The Chicago Park District urges patrons to enjoy the beaches safely and responsibly and look for “No Swimming Allowed” signage that indicates that swimming is not sanctioned in that area. Visitors should consult the district’s website or social media platforms to ensure water conditions are safe for swimming before heading out to the beach and only enter the water when a lifeguard is on duty. Swim hours are 11am to 7pm, daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day: 

  • Wear a Life Jacket!  Not only having a life jacket but wearing it properly is the first defense against drownings. Life jackets come in numerous sizes and types designed for different activities. The life jacket you wear to the pool may not be suitable for kayaking on a river. Always check the manufacturer tag for any weight maximums and usage designation as well as the United States Coast Guard Life Jacket requirements. 
  • Boaters should be mindful of break wall locations at all times; When water levels rise high enough to cover the walls, boaters may be at risk of serious injury and vessel damage.  
  • Boating Under the Influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving!  It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats including canoes and rowboats. 
  • Learn to Swim-learning to swim can be fun and easy, no matter your age. Check out local swim programs at schools, community centers, and the Park District. Go to the Chicago Park District website for further details on Swimming Lessons offered in your area.  
  • Never Swim Alone or at night! - Swimming alone or in the dark is extremely dangerous and can end in tragedy. Even when at personal pools and spas, swimming without a buddy is never safe and should not be done.  
  • Swim Near Lifeguards-Swimming at a Lifeguard protected pool or beach is essential to safety. Lifeguards are trained in numerous rescue skills, CPR, AED usage, and much more. Listen to their rules and instructions as they are there for your safety and enjoyment. Never rely on lifeguards as “babysitters” for children in the water, if your child is in the water, you should be too.  
  • Take a CPR class! - Learning CPR is easy and an essential skill for the bystander who may witness an aquatic emergency. Take a CPR class this summer at your local Fire Station, Hospital, or other agency and increase your readiness to help a loved one or someone else in need. Visit the American Heart Association or American Red Cross websites for details on how and where to sign up for a class near you!  
  • Report suspicious activity-Protecting our beaches and pools is a public effort and reporting any unwanted or suspicious activity to first responders immediately can help save lives. If you ever see something unusual or are ever unsure, please call 9-1-1 right away.  
  • Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids, and have fun! Be Safe Chicago!   
  • Rip Currents: Learn how to escape a rip current:  Relax, swim parallel to shore, don’t swim against current; If you can’t escape, float or tread water.
  • Lakefront Paths: Heed the warnings and obey signage or officials on path closures; Do NOT navigate around barricades or closures – they are there for your safety to avoid risks of falls or being swept into the water, requiring rescue. During thunderstorms, being near bodies of water such as the lakefront paths or Riverwalk can pose threats of flooding and being swept into currents, especially with high lake levels. Heed any warnings to avoid the lakefront and Riverwalk when these are issued.     
HOME & BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM
If you live in or operate a business in Chicago you can now apply to receive reimbursement for your security cameras and other security devices.  Since the offer is "first-come, first serve," we encourage people who want to buy cameras to do so now. Learn more here.

The rebate includes: 

  • Up to $225 per camera for a maximum of 2 cameras
  • Up to $150 per one year of subscription costs for cloud-based video storage systems 
  • Up to $100 per light for a maximum of 2 lights
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device for a maximum of 2 devices
  • Up to $120 per one year of subscription costs for GPS tracking applications 

To get reimbursed, you must provide:
Proof of address
Proof of purchase
Photo of installed device


PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS & INFORMATION 
For more public safety tips, including how to make a 911 call, please visit the public safety page on our website


BIKE SAFETY & COOK COUNTY BIKE PLAN
If you see a parked car in the bike lane please call 911 to report this traffic violation, this is essential in boosting cyclist safety in 46th Ward. Click here to view the Cook County Bike Plan where you will find various resources and a survey.

UPDATES ON THE LATEST COMMUNITY ALERTS
Click here for more up-to-date information on the latest community alerts. If you have any questions about past crimes, please contact the 19th District CAPS Office at 312-744-0064 or the 20th District CAPS Office at 312-742-8770.

THE CITY'S PLAN TO ADDRESS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
The Chicago Police Department's website provides detailed information about current crime statistics as well as an outline of their plan to address violence. Click here to view that information.


19th DISTRICT (south of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-0064
E: CAPS019District@chicagopolice.org
See the Beat Meeting listing below for the Zoom meeting I.D. number and passcode.


20th DISTRICT (north of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-8714
E: CAPS020District@chicagopolice.org
Click here to join a 20th District CAPS meeting.

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