As spring weather warms the ground, 6,000 daffodil bulbs planted in the Irving Park Road median from Ravenswood to Western Avenue by Special Service Area 38 are blooming. The flowers are part of an on-going beautification effort by a local group of Northcenter businesses who devote a portion of their property taxes to making small-scale capitol improvements to the area.
“We saw how beautiful the flowers were on State Street [downtown] and saw a chance to beautify the neighborhood,” said Brad Ball from the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.
SSA 38 includes businesses on Irving Park Road from Ravenswood to Western Avenue, Western Avenue from Montrose to Addison and Lincoln Avenue from Addison to Montrose (link to PDF map). In 2008, the most recent year public information is available, SSA 38 spent $87,891 (link to PDF report) on landscaping, snowplowing and sidewalk decorations in the area.
SSA 38, which is managed by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, has plans for more improvements this year. “We’ve started sidewalk maintenance, so this week you should start seeing guys in yellow jackets cleaning up the sidewalks and this week the Northcenter sidewalk planters go up,” said Ball, referring to 58 sidewalk flower planters that will installed throughout the SSA 38 area by Annette Held Landscape Design.