497-308: Red Line Extension Project: Enabling Community Engagement & Neighborhood Development

Meeting Days/Time
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:16 pm
William Briggs (CAEE) (wbriggs@iit.edu) and Steve Beck (CAEE) (sbeck.creo@gmail.com)
Appropriate Majors
All interested students are welcome
Social Innovation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is extending the Red Line Train from 95th Street south with stops at 103rd Street, 111th Street and 115th Street, ending at 130th and the Bishop Ford Freeway. The Greater Roseland Community will be affected by this change. Therefore, the CTA, politicians, and the Greater Roseland Community (GRC) leaders and other stakeholders are now involved with the future development of the GRC neighborhoods surrounding the Red Line extension. One of these organizations is called the Red Line Extension Coalition (RLEC). RLEC has taken the initiative in bringing all stakeholders together into one group now called “The Red Line Extension Round Table.” We have also partnered with faculty and students from the “UIC Urban Planning & Policy” group and Chicago State University (CSU).

The IPRO project objectives will be to assist the RLEC and the Red Line Extension Round Table in:

  • Advocating for the Red Lime Extension Project.
  • Creating a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA)
  • Setting up programs for educating participating community members in home remodeling, community development and redevelopment.
  • Develop educational program for assisting participants in acquiring properties and developing/attracting businesses.
  • Work with Transit Orientated Development (TOD) in designing and beatifying the GRC business/shopping district.
  • Promote a safe-haven for adults, youth, and adolescents within the community that is developed by securing the area.
  • Increasing revenue in the Greater Roseland Community.

The IPRO team will help to create a program that will allow for the development of the GRC through land development, home remodeling, education in the different triads that are involved with home remodeling, and creation/redevelopment of businesses. It will be possible to use the pilot program through which the City of Chicago is investing $2 million in a capital fund in order to fund neighborhood contractors, investors and developers for the rehab of vacant homes in designated communities.

The Red Line Extension project is ongoing and is estimated to be completed by 2026. However, the Red Line Extension Round Table hopes to have the following in place as soon as possible:

  • Newly redesigned shopping/business district on Michigan Avenue within the GRC
  • Educational programs that will give people in the community skills, such as, painters, plasters, laying floor tile, creating new business, developing old business, to name a few
  • Programs that will offer people who live in the community safe quality low cost homes
  • The creation of the new medical district with an improved medical facility
  • A safe-haven for all who live, work, visit, or worship in the area.
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