LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors have another opportunity to weigh in on a city-led plan to control development along Milwaukee Avenue with a special zoning district.
A third community meeting to discuss turning a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Western and Ridgeway avenues into a “special character overlay district” is planned for 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at ASPIRA Business and Finance School, 2989 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The public meeting is being held by Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Those who wish to attend should RSVP online.
Parts of Milwaukee Avenue have attracted new development in recent years as Logan Square and Avondale have gentrified, while other parts are lined with vacancies.
The purpose of the zoning designation is to preserve the street’s built environment, affordable housing, historical buildings and commercial corridors and give residents more of a say in development, city officials have said.
If approved, property owners and developers who wish to build or modify buildings on Milwaukee Avenue will be required to follow specific design guidelines.
Other “special character overlay districts” in the city include stretches of Norwood Park and Sheridan Park and portions of Roscoe Street, Southport Avenue and Longwood Drive.
At next week’s meeting, residents will be asked to share the kinds of development they’d like to see along Milwaukee Avenue and help workshop design guidelines. The event will be similar to a meeting held in March, which was attended by about 60 neighbors.
A large grocery store, more retail and fewer micro-apartments were just a few of the ideas suggested at that meeting.
The city plan is in the early stages and requires City Council approval. Officials have said they hope to wrap up the planning process in the fall.
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