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Give your input tomorrow on proposed CTA Red-Purple Bypass

The CTA is seeking community input on the location, design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements at a Red-Purple Bypass Open House to be held from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 22, at the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison St.

Download the CTA's brochure on this project (.pdf).

Download the CTA's information about potentially impacted properties (.pdf)

Visit the CTA's website for more information, including conceptual renderings, information on the current Environmental Assessment, and directions on how to be added to the contact list for meeting notices and future updates about the Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project.

From the CTA's website:

Currently, when northbound Brown Line trains travel across this intersection, any northbound or southbound Red or Purple line train approaching this intersection must stop and wait for signal clearance. This means as many as three Red and Purple line trains may be simultaneously delayed. This outdated track configuration dates back to 1907 and was designed to provide local and express service, rather than connect three separate routes as it does today.

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Fig. 1: The current track configuration just north of Belmont requires up to three Red and Purple line trains to stop and wait for a single Brown Line train to cross. This happens throughout every weekday, but more frequently during rush hour when trains must wait for signal clearance every three to four minutes. This configuration can produce rippling delays to services on all four tracks, delaying over 40 percent of all weekday Red, Purple, and Kimball-bound Brown Line trains.

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Fig. 2: A bypass would provide a dedicated track for Brown Line trains. This means trains and thousands of customers traveling on all four tracks will no longer need to stop and wait for signal clearance at this intersection.

Drastic changes to Sheffield Avenue to come before City Plan Commission on Thursday, November 21

On October 16, 2013, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced into City Council an ordinance to authorize the vacation of Sheffield Avenue City right-of-way and the reduction of the width of Sheffield from 33 feet to 23 feet in order to accommodate recent changes to the proposed Wrigley Field redevelopment.  The changes require that the Planned Development for Wrigley Field be amended.

The proposed amendment to the Wrigley Field Planned Development will go before the Chicago Plan Commission at on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the City Hall 2nd floor Council Chambers.

As a result of this latest Cubs proposal, Sheffield Avenue will be narrowed to a width of 23 feet.  Residential parking will be prohibited along the east side of Sheffield.  Eighty four residential units (this includes both Sheffield and Waveland) will be directly affected by this change.  Our community will lose about 50 residential parking spaces for 365 days a year to benefit the Cubs on 80 plus days a year.  East Lake View Neighbors is concerned as to the resulting impacts to charter bus loading and to fire trucks and other emergency vehicle which now use Sheffield.

The Cubs have yet to present to our community the details of the proposed changes to Sheffield.

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ELVN will be at the Commission meeting to testify in opposition to the changes to Sheffield Avenue.  Join us if you can.

If you wish to advise the Mayor as to your thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Sheffield, send an email to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.

Bike Share in Lakeview?

Next spring, Chicago will be launching one of the largest bike share programs in the United States. Riders will be able to pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at a station near their destination.

Beginning with 3000 bikes and 300 kiosk stations, and eventually expanding to 4000 bikes with 400 kiosks, bike share will give 1 million people visiting, living, and working in Chicago a new way to travel.

On the new Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) website, www.chicagobikes.org/bikeshare, people can suggest potential sites on an interactive map and comment on those already suggested. Besides the site, CDOT is organizing public meetings to introduce the city’s new bike shareprogram.

As one Chicagoan said: “So exciting! My boyfriend and I used a bike share in Montreal and it was incredible.”

The outreach meetings will give the public an opportunity to suggest locations for stations in the proposed service area, learn more about the system and ask questions about the bikes. Renderings of the docking stations as well as a prototype bike will also be provided at the meetings. The dates and locations of the public meetings are:

October 29
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM., Pop-up meeting at Union Station

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

October 30
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Lincoln Belmont Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose Street

November 7
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Avenue

If you have any questions about bike share, please feel free to contact

CDOT’s bicycle coordinator Ben Gomberg, ben.gomberg@cityofchicago.org. or the consultant project manager Mark de la Vergne, mdelavergne@samschwartz.com/

Information originally from the LSNA newsletter.

ELVN Board Candidate Slate – Election 3/15

Meet the 2012 East Lake View Neighbors Slated Board Candidates

Paul Bauch is attorney for several of the rooftop organizations and lives in the 3600 block of North Sheffield. He regularly attends CAPS meetings for Beat 2324.

DeRondal O. Bevly works in community affairs for a Chicago public relations firm. He sits on the Local School Council of Horace Greeley Elementary, and has helped as a pantry partner and in fundraising for the Lakeview Pantry. For the eight years he has lived in East Lakeview, DeRondal has run along nearby Lake Michigan paths to unwind and train for marathons.

 Julian Green recently became the Chicago Cubs Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs, He is responsible for directing corporate and non-baseball communications for the Cubs, and assists with improving visibility of the Cubs community, neighborhood, and non-baseball related programs in the city. Green formerly served as the director of communications and marketing for the Chicago Park District, and as press secretary for then United States Senator Barack Obama. He was also former chairman of the Support Group Foundation, and helped produce the Chicagoland All Star Classic.

Amy Karatz has served on the ELVN board, most recently as president, for twelve of the 15 years she has lived in Lakeview. From her condo association’s prize-winning gardens to her involvement in art for the 44th Ward and the new 23rd District Police Station, Amy is interested in community efforts to beautify the neighborhood. Amy’s goal is to help the neighborhood progress without sacrificing its unique Chicago character.

Terie Kata has been active as a board member of ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years and Treasurer for eight years. Terie and co-chair James Murphy raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. She is an active member of numerous community and business organizations. Terie chairs our fund-raising events.

Chester Kropidlowski is an Illinois Registered Professional Engineer, retired from 32 years with the Chicago Dept. of Transportation. His career duties included Lake View traffic and parking issues, and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Chester has worked as a traffic consultant for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. He has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a board member for eleven years.

Kallan Miller has been a Lakeview resident since 2005. As condo board President, she has organized bi-annual neighborhood clean-up days, promoted safety groups, and co-founded HalstedNeighbors.org. Kallan will use her experience as a marketing manager to help promote ELVN, increase membership, and encourage community participation.

Tiffany Moy is a DePaul graduate, where she remains an active alumnus. She currently works for 12th District State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, serving as a liaison to Lakeview and Lincoln Park residents and community organizations. Tiffany has lived in East Lakeview for 2 years and is looking forward to calling this community home for many more to come.

Tom Rothschild has called East Lakeview home for 18 of the 20 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom has been active on the board of every building in which he has lived. His work with the condo board has led him to form relationships with Alderman Tunney’s office, specifically with the Director of Infrastructure Development. Tom works as a Project Leader/Systems Administrator for a multinational software company.

 Jim Spencer has owned an apartment building and been active in East Lakeview since 1996. With his wife Maureen, Jim moved to Wilton Avenue in 2003. In addition to neighborhood activities, Jim serves on the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities.

 Dafna Stempel has owned a home just steps from Wrigley Field for six out of the seven years she has lived in Lakeview. She has been an ELVN board member for two years and is greatly interested in helping make the community a better place for its residents. Dafna is looking forward to working on projects that benefit the community as a whole.

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