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After Parking Barricades Show Up But Construction Never Begins, A North Center Neighbor Gets Fed Up

The barricades block cars from parking on a stretch of West Byron Street near Lincoln Avenue.

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Barricades on the street blocking parking at the corner of Bryon and Lincoln.
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NORTH CENTER — What if a construction crew showed up, set up barricades blocking parking near your home and never came back?

That’s what happened for the past month on a North Center block — and one resident’s answer was to turn to Facebook to call them out.

The barricades block cars from parking on a stretch of West Byron Street near Lincoln Avenue.  

“There are no signs posted saying no parking they just keep blocking it off so they can park there and I have no idea how to make this stop. People live here and need to park somewhere,” Caitlin Turner said in her post.

Turner lives in the 3900 block of North Lincoln Avenue and often parks her car around the corner on Bryon Street. Since Christmas, however, the construction barricades blocked off parking on Bryon, inconveniencing her and other neighbors. 

Crews have not posted signs saying why they are blocking the parking or for how long this will be happening, Turner said. 

“I have no idea how to make this stop,” she told Block Club.

Turner also took matters into her own hands, removing some of the barricades.

A construction permit was issued for work on the block on Dec. 5. It grants “access to curb lane during installation and dismantling of canopy” at 1924 W. Byron St. It’s set to expire on Feb. 10. Suhaib Quadr is listed as the owner of the property. The barricades are being rented from Chicago Scaffolding, which referred questions to Quadr, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

Now Ald. Matt Martin’s 47th Ward office is getting involved. Martin’s chief of staff Laura Reimers said they’ve made calls to the permit applicant.

“We asked them to clean it up and are waiting on a response,” Reimers said.

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