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Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

By Geoff Dankert

The Chicago Housing Authority’s planned redevelopment of the Lathrop Homes public housing project seems to have stalled. But nobody knows for sure since CHA hasn’t held public meetings in months and aldermen aren’t getting any answers either.

Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

32nd Ward Alderman Unhappy With Lathrop Plans, Process

By Sam Charles

As redevelopment planning for the Julia C. Lathrop Homes moves forward, local officials are dismayed by the Chicago Housing Authority‘s approach at gathering community insight. The CHA and its chosen property developer, Lathrop Community Partners, have proposed three potential plans that would nearly double the number of housing units, going from the current 925, the vast majority Read the Rest…

CHA Releases Lathrop Homes Promo Video; Open House This Weekend

By Mike Fourcher

Continuing its drive to rebuild the Lathrop Homes public housing project on Diversey and Clybourn, the Chicago Housing Authority released a promotional video today. About seven minutes long, the video touts the efforts of Lathrop Community Partners, the project’s development group, to engage the existing project’s residents and surrounding community members as they design a Read the Rest…

Density a Hot-Button Issue as Initial Plans for Lathrop Redevelopment Revealed

By Patty Wetli

With the cancellation of a planned Sept. 27 meeting to introduce redevelopment plans for the Lathrop Homes, combined with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) posting initial designs online (see below), the board members of Hamlin Park Neighbors (HPN) are concerned the train is about to leave the station without them and have decided to play a Read the Rest…

South Lakeview Neighbors Vote To Support People Spot

By Mike Fourcher

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 Read the Rest…

Initial Designs for Lathrop Homes Redevelopment To Be Revealed in September

By Patty Wetli

The Chicago Housing Authority’s plan to redevelop the Julia C. Lathrop Homes public housing complex at Diversey and Clybourn continues to inch forward. Three proposed designs will be presented to the public in late September, offering a range of options for the site’s future, according to Craig Sieben, a member of the Lathrop Homes Working Read the Rest…

Lathrop Homes Receives Historic Status

By Patty Wetli

The Julia C. Lathrop Homes, a low-rise public housing complex constructed in 1938 and now slated for mixed-use development, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release issued by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The action was approved Feb. 12 by the National Park Service. Bounded by Damen, Read the Rest…

Lathrop Homes Meeting Tries To Keep It Together, But Opposition Emerges

By Mike Fourcher

A palpable tension laced last night’s meeting at New Life Community Church, 2928 N. Damen Ave., to discuss a planning for redevelopment of Lathrop Homes public housing. Despite a couple of raucous interruptions and opponents with black t-shirts reading, “Save Lathrop Homes,” the meeting of about three hundred people was run smoothly by an array Read the Rest…

Lathrop Homes Changes Are In The Works

By Samantha Abernethy

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) and representatives from the Chicago Housing Authority answered questions at a public meeting last week regarding the future of the Julia Lathrop Homes at 2000 W. Diversey. Officials plan to hold a series of meetings this year to decide the future of the 35-acre complex. All of the current residents Read the Rest…

CPS Proposes Jahn and Schneider Elementary Schools Merger

By Mike Fourcher

Chicago Public Schools announced a series of proposed school mergers across the city yesterday, including the closure of George Schneider Elementary, 2957 N. Hoyne Ave. into Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary, 3149 N. Wolcott. Schneider, which has shrunk to 65 students in recent years, has been rumored to be on the chopping block for some time, Read the Rest…

Roscoe Roundup: News and Events

By Samantha Abernethy

The Lake View Citizens’ Council Founders Club Reception is Tuesday Nov. 9 at Harry Caray’s, 3551 N. Sheffield 6 – 9 p.m. The Ladies’ Short Stories and Cocktails Club will meet at Ten Cat Tavern 3931 N Ashland on Thursday, Nov. 11 to discuss the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. South Lakeview Neighbors will meet Tuesday, Nov. 9  at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 Read the Rest…

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