The redevelopment of Avondale’s Belmont Triangle will be subject to an upcoming community visioning process that kicks off on Thursday, April 28, at a virtual neighborhood meeting co-hosted by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Alderman Ariel Reboyras.
According to a press release, this meeting will provide an overview of approximately four acres of vacant land within the blocks bound by Belmont Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue, and Pulaski Road. The idea is that these vacancies could be redeveloped for a mix of uses that serve neighborhood needs.
The meeting will allow for a review of existing conditions, proposed timelines, and details of the visioning process that will likely move forward this spring. This will include a public survey along with other neighborhood engagement opportunities to identify viable options for future uses and potential new construction.
In collaboration with Alderman Reboyras, DPD identified the site for community visioning due to its diminished role in providing amenities for the neighborhood. The process is part of the strategic efforts of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to maximize neighborhood opportunity sites throughout the city.
The block is currently mostly vacant due to recent business closures and building demolitions. The vacant parcels to be discussed are at 3240-84 N Milwaukee Avenue, 3207-47 N Pulaski Avenue, and 3934-62 W Belmont Avenue.
Once this initial process is completed, it is expected that a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) by DPD will be issued in collaboration with local property owners. Reports say that the existing buildings on the block’s northern and southeastern corners would not be subject to the RFP. The entire block is currently zoned B3-1, which permits a variety of business uses and dwelling units above the first floor. The hour-long session will be held virtually starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.
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I’m all for public input regarding what the neighborhood would like for the area. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that parks and libraries and open space will probably be much more requested than housing, supermarkets and other retail. You know, all in the name of fighting gentrification. 😉