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:
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: