The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are holding two Community Meetings for the Northern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS) on October 30th and November 2nd. The purpose of the NTTS is to address the transportation issues along Sheridan Road, Broadway, Ridge Avenue, Bryn Mawr Avenue, and Hollywood Avenue approaching the northern terminus of North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) at Hollywood Avenue. This study is complementary to the Phase I Study of NLSD from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue.

Since the initial NTTS Community Meeting in 2017, the project team has established goals and objectives for the Study based on community input and technical analysis. The project team has also developed finalist alternatives for the study area to be analyzed further.

Please join us for one of the upcoming Community Meetings to review the finalist alternatives and provide your input. Both meetings will feature identical presentations and workshops. On November 2nd, the Community Meeting will also include an optional walkshop at 9 a.m. prior to the meeting. Due to space limitations, you must RSVP if you wish to participate in the walkshop (registration is on a first come, first served basis

Wednesday, October 30       Saturday, November 2
Broadway Amory                    St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
5917 N. Broadway                  5649 N. Sheridan Rd.

Presentation: 7 p.m.               Walkshop*: 9–10 a.m.
Workshop: 8–9 p.m.               Presentation: 10:30 a.m.
                                              Workshop: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Please click here to RSVP for the November 2nd walkshop (limited space available)

*Please note that the walkshop will begin at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church. The duration of the walkshop is approximately one hour, and we will walk approximately one mile. In case of inclement weather, the walkshop will be rescheduled and registered participants will be notified via email.

Written comments can be submitted through the online comment form.

Lakefront Flood Mitigation Efforts Underway

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has placed concrete barriers along the lakefront in Edgewater (see more photos). With input from building managers, board presidents, and ASCO representatives at a recent meeting hosted by ASCO, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman pushed for barriers at Rosemont, Glenlake, Thorndale and Ardmore, in addition to the ones originally planned for Granville Beach. Both Osterman and a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emphasized that these are temporary measures. A complete study by the Army Corps to identify long term solutions may take as long as three years and could cost up to $3 million. Where that money will come from is still to be determined. Another immediate concern is the excessive ponding around Osterman Beach, which seriously impacts nearby buildings. The alderman is working with the Chicago Park District to look at what can be done there. He and 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden are hosting a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, to talk about these issues (see announcement above).

For more information, you can examine a report, “Lake Michigan Coastal Storm Damage and Erosion,” presented by CDOT, the Army Corps, and the Park District at the elected officials’ meeting held at City Hall on Sept. 5. While the report runs 56 pages, Jerry Goodman, on staff at the 48th Ward office, notes that pages 4–12, 21–24, and 51–52 are particularly pertinent to understanding past and present issues. Pages 48 and 49 summarize the current strategic action plan.

Legislative Updates

City Ordinance Ups Condo Deconversion Vote to 85%

On September 18, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that requires 85% of condominium association members to approve the sale of an entire building. Aldermen Harry Osterman (48th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) proposed the bill. Deconversions of condo buildings into rentals have increased in part because of soaring rents in some of the most desirable areas to live in Chicago. It is becoming more profitable for developers to invest in existing buildings rather than in new construction. Many of the aldermen noted that the vast majority of their constituents favored the change from a 75% threshold. However, the state law has not changed, and some legislators plan to introduce a bill to address that. For a more detailed discussion of the issues, check out the article in BISNOW, a real estate news website.

HB0029 Aimed to Strip Home Rule Power from Cities

Good News: HB0029 will not be considered in this year’s legislative session. ASCO thanks Senator Heather Steans (7th District) for her support to oppose HB0029. We are also grateful to Michael Kim and Kristopher Kasten from Michael C. Kim and Associates for their advice and counsel. Finally, we’d like to thank all those who wrote or called their state senators, Senate President John Cullerton, Chief Sponsor Jacqueline Y. Collins and members of the Judiciary Committee. Together we have made our voices heard. For more information on HB0029, click here.