Initial plans have been revealed for a community garden at 2133-35 W Charleston Street in Bucktown. Located just east of the intersection with N Leavitt Street, the proposal will replace a now vacant lot which once held a century-old workers cottage that was torn down by the previous owner. Now a group of neighbors are hoping to strike a deal with the current developer who is willing to sell for the right plan. While the designer has not been disclosed, the community is moving towards their first community meeting soon.
The double lot, which is considered to be near the geographical center of Bucktown, was originally meant to hold a new single-family home, but was most recently sold late last year for nearly $1.2 million to the current owner Josue Sabillon. Now local neighbors see the value in preserving the open space for generations to come as the neighborhood continues to grow and fill its existing parks, it will also become the first community garden in the area which has been lacking compared to its surroundings.
Plans for the park go beyond traditional growing beds, aimed at being open to everyone with an element of education, the garden will contain multiple zones featuring various plant types. Flanked by two white pines, the trellis-covered entrance will lead to a ramp and stairs up to the main area filled with pollinator beds, fruit trees, vertical growing beds, seating, and a fountain. Behind that will be a demo kitchen under a grapevine-filled canopy with its own seating for all types of lessons, there will also be a picnic table, beehive, and a storage shed.
While there is still a long ways to go before the garden could become a reality, the first community meeting will be held on September 7th via Zoom, neighbors are also collecting signatures for a Change.org petition which can be found here. A final cost is still unknown but it can be expected in the lower millions including the land purchase, if well received the project will request funding from various sources mainly in the form of grants.