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What’s Next For Industrial Land In Little Village? City To Lay Out Plans This Week

The first of the three meetings will take place Tuesday at the Little Village Branch Library, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

LITTLE VILLAGE — The city’s Department of Planning and Development will host three meetings to present the city’s Little Village Industrial Corridor Modernization plan this week in the neighborhood.

The Little Village framework plan aims to address future land use, transportation and sustainability in the area, according to the draft plan posted online last week.

The meetings will take place from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Village  Branch Library, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave.; from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rauner YMCA, 2700 S. Western Ave.; and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Toman Branch Library, 2708 S. Pulaski Road.

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The objective is to keep the Little Village Industrial Corridor an “employment center,” improve transportation around the corridor and “incorporate best practices for new development … to improve economic, environmental and social conditions,” according to the document.

The plan was created by the city’s Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Health with input from community organizations. The city hosted three meetings to gather community input over the summer.

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Last fall, city officials approved Hilco Development Partners to build a one-million square foot distribution center at the former Crawford Coal Plant — property that sits within the Little Village Industrial corridor. The plan to build a distribution facility has sparked opposition from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and other environmental justice organizations.

The Department of Planning will be accepting public comment on the draft plan until Friday, Feb. 15, at DPD@cityofchicago.org.

People can also offer public comment during the Chicago Plan Commission meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in City Council chambers at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

The full plan can be read here.

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