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New Lincoln Square Master Plan To Be Unveiled May 30, But There’s Still Time For Public Comment

Opinions were sought last October and after four committee meetings, three online polls and 25 stakeholder meetings, the plan is about 95 percent done.

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LINCOLN SQUARE — What will be the blueprint for the future of Lincoln Square?

After months of feedback from residents, a new “Lincoln Square Master Plan” will be formally revealed to the public next week, showing what community leaders and residents want for the future.

The May 30 presentation will be at the Old Town School of Music’s Szold Hall at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free, but go to this link to RSVP.

“We still want to leave room for public comment,” said Ryan Warsing, neighborhood services director with the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

“Because we’ve had a really high level of public involvement up to this point.”

The presentation of the plan will take approximately 30 minutes. An open house will then follow, Warsing said.

The chamber began collecting feedback last October and after four committee meetings, three online polls and twenty-five stakeholder meetings, the plan is about 95 percent done, Warsing said.

The public presentation of the master plan, originally set for March, was moved to May 30 in order to give the designers more time to incorporate resident feedback.

Three polls used to help the designers understand what residents want drew more than 1,700 responses.

When completed, the master plan will be the guiding document that outlines how funds collected through a Special Service Area are spent over the next five to 10 years. 

Special Service Area districts, or SSAs, levy a tax on property owners for communal services like snow removal, landscaping, sidewalk cleaning and graffiti removal.  

After the plan is finalized, the chamber will invite developers and real estate brokers to discuss the results. While developers aren’t required to follow the plan, the chamber says it’s an important tool that lets them know what neighbors want.

Some poll results included neighbors saying they want traditional Chicago architecture preserved and new construction should “blend” into the neighborhood.

Another poll, released last week, had residents say the new master plan should address traffic congestion and add more pedestrian and bike amenities.

Links to the previous polls and their results can be found below.

Neighborhood Poll #1 closed on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Click here to view results

Neighborhood Poll #2 closed on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Click here to view results

Neighborhood Poll #3 closed on Friday, Jan 25, 2019
Click here to view results.

For more information about the master plan visit yourlincolnsquare.org.

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