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, Chicago politicians, 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.” Although the Round Table is part of the GRC, it is agreed by the RLEC to use the 95th Street stop as a template for developing the GRC. However, some feel that the project in whole should be considered.
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/redevelopment of the GRC through land development, home remodeling, business development and education. It will be possible to research programs of the City of Chicago for investing capital funds to develop communities, improve walkability in the GRC and create job training programs for people living in the GRC.
The Red Line Extension project is on-going and is estimated to be completed by 2026. However, the RLEC and the Round Table hope to have the following in place as soon as possible: