South Lakeview Neighbors Vote To Support People Spot

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, September 19, 2012

About fifty members of the South Lakeview Neighbors gathered in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church basement last night to meet the church’s new pastor, vote to support the return of the Lincoln and Wellington Aves. People Spot and to sort through the nitty-gritty of city life with 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack.

The group welcomed Rev. Michael O’Connell, a North Side native, who moved to St. Alphonsus in July after twenty one years of assignments to parishes in Orland Park. Although O’Connell says some parishioners at the traditionally-German church have expressed a bit of concern about his Irish name, O’Connell speaks German as well as French, Italian and Spanish.

That evening, after a brief discussion, the group voted 34-9 in favor of supporting the return of the People Spot at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave. in front of Heritage Bicycles. The temporary sidewalk widening, heavily championed by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and paid for by SSA #27, is meant to foster increased pedestrian activity on commercial corridors. The People Spot will be removed on December 1 for the winter months, and if reapproved by the city, would be brought back on April 1, 2013.

One of four locations selected by the Chicago Department of Transportation, creation of the People Spot on Lincoln Ave. required the city to relocate a group of parking meter spots to the 3000 Block of North Ashland Ave. to satisfy the city’s contract with 75-year meter privatization contract with LAZ Parking.

Ald. Waguespack also delivered his annual state of the ward report to the neighbor group and answered questions from the group, which, as fitting to an Alderman, was less focused on policy and more on neighborhood issues. Among the major issues Waguespack touched on:

  • Grid garbage pickup is coming to the 32nd Ward this week with pickups on Mondays. Recycling pickup will probably not be on the same day, and there will be fewer pick ups of fly dumping (i.e. your old mattress)
  • Initial designs for the Lathop Homes housing project’s redesign have been released and are available on his website this week. The three proposed designs increases the project density, which is partial-subsidized and partial-market rate housing. One proposal increases the development from 900 units to 1,600 with a 20-story building, which Ald. Waguespack opposes. “It is exactly what we told them we didn’t want,” he said.
  • Following last week’s attempted police shooting near Hamlin Park, Waguespack says he has spoken to State’s Attorney’s office and demanded the maximum penalties for the two accused perpetrators.
  • An extensive house renovation at 3114 N. Southport Ave. has been halted by the city following numerous neighbor complaints that the developer has been expanding the house size beyond permitted limits. The city is considering revoking the developer’s license.
  • With the neighbors’ support, Ald. Waguespack plans to push for the renewal of the People Spot on Lincoln and Wellington Aves.

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  • ChicagoPJS

    Does anyone have an idea of the reasoning behind the 9 NO votes??

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