AVONDALE — A neighborhood plan aimed at shaping Avondale’s future is ready for its public debut.
Regional and city planners will unveil the Avondale Neighborhood Plan at a community meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St.
The plan was crafted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the city’s Department of Planning and Development and neighbors over the course of the last two years.
It gives an overview of Avondale’s existing conditions, such as neighborhood demographics and land use and infrastructure needs, and recommends strategies to keep the community vibrant.
Now, neighbors and members of Avondale Neighborhood Association can work with city and community partners to bring those ideas to life, said Enrique Castillo, lead senior planner of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
For instance, neighbors who’d like to see more cultural events are encouraged to work with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Castillo said.
The final report comes after about two years of planning. The process was a bit delayed due to the pandemic, Castillo said.
The Avondale plan is the latest such report from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, a planning agency that covers seven counties in the Chicago area.
The organization has worked with residents of several other Chicago neighborhoods and cities across northeastern Illinois on similar plans that address transportation, economic development and housing needs, among other issues.
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