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Auburn Gresham Evaluation Committee Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Karen Blackman
18:26
someone is talking but i can’t hear them
Karen Blackman
19:19
ok thank you
TThomas
26:02
That is rather a condensending way to refer to people "who understand"...as if to say the concerns of the majority of residents are uninformed.
Patrick Brutus
30:53
Tim, if I misspoke please forgive me. However you took that comment, the intention was not to harm or offend. Thank you
Maria LaMothe
33:56
Are you using cdbg poverty guidelines for the AMI
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
34:44
what is cdbg?
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
35:20
I presume AMI is Average Monthly Income?
Maria LaMothe
35:42
Community Development Block Grant. It’s appropriated by HUD
Patrick Brutus
35:53
CDBG = community development block grant
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
36:22
and AMI= Area Median Income
Patrick Brutus
36:25
AMI = area median income
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
43:21
Visit NHS Chicago or Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation for more information about Homeownership resources in the Auburn Gresham area.
TThomas
44:20
Why is government-sponsored “affordable” housing hardly ever, if at all, built in neighborhoods like Edison Park, Avondale, Andersonville, Sauganash, Jefferson Park, or Norwood Park, where there are lots of grocery stores, good schools, many healthcare options, available mass transit, etc.? instead of bringing density to areas that do not have any of these "amenities".
Jori Watts
45:49
What is the market rate for housing in the Auburn Gresham area?
TThomas
46:26
Dont be "insulted" Mr. Esenberg...by definition: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) .
Karen Blackman
47:37
are you building affordable housing in Lincoln Park?
Karen Blackman
47:53
what is the average cost of those units
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
48:23
Visit https://www.housingstudies.org/data-portal/geography/auburn-gresham/ to get data on housing costs.
Jori Watts
48:52
If part of the housing will be set aside for affordable housing, what will you expect other renters to pay in that same building on 79th St
Karen Blackman
51:37
I think the concern here is the current saturation here in AG ( Auburn Gresham) AG which was established in 1872 and has a population density of 15,000 + while the average in the city of chicago is 11,000. I think the concern is not about the actual building but he additional element coming into the community. As a property owner, we all want our property value to increase. we do not wish to add additional individuals who will bring down our property value. We also want to increase the current value of our homes with infrastructure, more buildings, green spaces.
Sendy Soto, DOH (she/her/ella)
52:24
DOH@cityofchicago.org
Sendy Soto, DOH (she/her/ella)
52:28
Thank you, everyone!
Karen Blackman
52:33
yes
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
52:54
To the Department of Housing; I believe the question about Affordable Rental in Edison park is in reference to the ReIA document
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
54:12
The study highlights the use of LIHTEC credits in less advantage neighborhoods and less in opportunity zones.
Maria LaMothe
57:31
It doesn’t sound like you are building affordable housing for ownership inclusive of condominiums. Everyone knows renters don’t take the same effort to keep up property they don’t own.
Crystal Stevenson
01:01:17
Who or what agency would manage this property?
Carla
01:02:10
Any services planned for seniors.
Karen Blackman
01:03:57
which restaurant has the pending letter of intent
TThomas
01:04:17
They did not have housing...speaking as one who has lived here since 1965, not read about it in a book....you were referreng to Franks Dept. Store.
David Block
01:04:45
Thank you Mr. Thomas. I did not say there was housing here.
Torrey Barrett
01:05:09
www.theparksupperclub.com
95439750860
01:05:27
A lot of the existing buildings have residential and commercial spaces now.
Karen Blackman
01:06:04
what extra transportation is being added to make this a walking friendly / and new public transportation hubs being created
TThomas
01:06:04
I believe the crux of the issue is that so many people with no roots here are dictating/lecturing the long term residents as if we do not know what we want
Maria LaMothe
01:07:05
What was the process to select the restaurant?
Karen Blackman
01:07:14
we have seen the median income, what is the cost of these units slated to be.
TThomas
01:08:05
How can you legally deny a renter an apartment based on source of income (a section 8 - housing choice voucher) ?
David Block
01:08:59
We cannot deny a renter based on source of income - nor, legally, can any landlord with certain very limited exceptions (owner-occupied 1-3 unit properties).
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
01:09:10
it’s UI Health
Carla
01:09:27
Thank you… and please send that information out
E. curtis
01:10:08
I’m puzzled bthevbuilding haksted to Emerald . or Halsted west to Green
TThomas
01:11:23
May a landlord refuse to accept Chicago tenants with a Housing Choice Voucher?Not in Cook County. On May 8, 2013, the Cook County Board approved a resolution that prohibits landlords from rejecting tenants based on their Section 8 status. Formerly, the Illinois Fair Housing Law precluded landlords from denying applications on the basis of such immutable characteristics as race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability, presence of children, or sexual orientation. “Source of income” now joins the list of protected classes in Cook County. The resolution was intended to encourage economically disadvantaged citizens to move into the suburbs and decrease the high concentrations of poverty-stricken areas. The Cook County resolution, which took effect in August 2013, extends to the suburbs a prohibition that has already existed in the City of Chicago for the past twenty years.
Karen Blackman
01:11:32
we currently have 50+ non profits in AG, again you are adding to an area already rich in content and contextual.
Karen Blackman
01:11:43
thanks for the information
Karen Blackman
01:12:07
what is the anticipated cost of the units
David Block
01:13:31
Based on current escalated construction costs, anticipated development cost (including construction) is just over $400,000 per unit.
95439750860
01:14:06
As you drive down 79th Street. Currently most of the buildings are mixed use.
95439750860
01:15:34
How do you identify an anchor tenant for a development?
Karen Blackman
01:15:43
the metro hub along with additional transit hubs is a 3+ Billion dollar project, the metro hub currently is located on 87st. Is there plans for another on along the 79th street corridor
Pat D
01:16:02
Who benefits from the rent collected?
TThomas
01:16:36
They said they there would be no Sect 8 residents of the property (this was mentioned at the Foster Park meeting by one of the developers).
Dimitrius
01:16:46
who will be hired to maintain ,and repair problems in the building beyond basic repairs
Mary E
01:16:58
Hello this is my first time attending a meeting What does healthy hub mean? Will this be a health club?
Maria LaMothe
01:17:37
What’s the anticipated rent range for renters?
Karen Blackman
01:17:49
any plans for a healthy food store, such as whole foods, marinas, etc. You are adding additional housing to an area already designated as a food desert.
Nikia
01:17:54
Is there an option for a mixed income building?Other developers are doing mixed income. For example the one being built in south loop?
Phyllis COLEMAN
01:18:02
What is project based?
TThomas
01:18:31
The developer stated that the applicant has to have an income.
Timothy Thomas
01:18:44
Can you expand upon your parking ratio? You said there was a little over 1 spot per unit. How does this ratio account for units that have multiple cars? How will this impact street parking?
TThomas
01:18:55
I am not going to call him out, but I see in the group who said that to me.
Nikia
01:19:13
What other guidelines are there beyond income to be considered a resident ie no previous evictions etc…
Karen Blackman
01:20:45
please send me a recording of this meeting
Crystal Stevenson
01:20:48
For any group, whether current or future, places of recreation and healthy food choices, are always needed that are close to home (one should not HAVE to jump onto the increased or improved transportation sources, ie. leave the community) to access certain life enhancements. What will be added to this neighborhood/ community as a result of this development that will ATTRACT recreational AND better and more food sources?
Pat D
01:22:41
Let me rephrase, what is the name of the organization who will benefit from rents paid.
Adams7
01:22:57
The resident decided that we don't want the building in several meeting. !!!
Nikia
01:24:16
Please don’t sell us on a little bit of money left over. If it wasn’t profitable then this wouldn’t be a conversation.
Karen Blackman
01:24:20
any plans for a healthy food store, such as whole foods, marinano, etc. You are adding additional housing to an area already designated as a food desert.
Dimitrius
01:25:34
thanks
Norma Sanders
01:25:35
Thanks for having DOH share developments completed and underway. I really appreciate that there is so much investment in affordable housing across the city. This is important to me. My observation has been that many of the proposed new ISW in similar communities are a % of affordable units per site (20% seems to be data I recall). A) Are the two AG sites still 100% affordable? B) At the proposed 7901 site will that add more commercial units/space?
Phyllis COLEMAN
01:25:38
Why was this meeting held, if you're not interested in what the residents want?
TThomas
01:27:31
So it will be ALL low income ?!?!....that is unacceptable...
Crystal Stevenson
01:27:56
What oversight is or will be in place to ensure all of these 'promises' to AG residents are kept over the next 10+ years? (A Citizen's Oversight Board?)
Nikia
01:28:02
What about only making it a single dwelling mixed income? And not do scattered
TThomas
01:29:23
The concerns for the neighborhood, if you recall, was that a significant number of residents would just as soon take a pass on this, to which Commissioner Cox said, "you take housing or you get nothing at all".....https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/25/if-auburn-gresham-residents-dont-want-affordable-housing-development-they-could-end-up-with-nothing-officials-say/
Karen Blackman
01:29:24
can we speak during this meeting
Mary E
01:30:27
Thanks for your answer
Phyllis COLEMAN
01:30:30
I guess if we wanted another liquor store, that probably wouldn't be an issue. Because, after all, they contribute to the community. So I've been told repeatedly.
Norma Sanders
01:31:43
You are quite welcome. Mary E.
Phyllis COLEMAN
01:32:29
Smh. Bye.
Adams7
01:33:01
we like a food store save alot is gone CVS is gone we the residents need a food store as soon as possible!!!
Nikia
01:33:16
This does not seem like a “steering committee meeting”. Seems like an informational meeting of what developments/the city have already put in place.
Maysoon Dahabra Fakhoury
01:33:18
Can someone still submit RFP for site #2
Karen Blackman
01:34:03
Why does the commercial corridor need additional housing instead of businesses.
Karen Blackman
01:34:51
has a transportation impact study been performed - 79th is a very busy street and to add additional traffic, this may also increase crime
Khayeem Anderson
01:34:51
The presentation was very organized . The proposal seemed to address a lot of issues and concerns of the residents. It is a great look for our corridor. I like that it will occupy 2 vacant lots.
TThomas
01:34:52
Commissioner Cox said if this project is passed on, then it would be 9 years before the city comes back to us...to which those on that last call said that that is preferable to have such a large influx of low income housing.
Karen Blackman
01:34:54
something of concern
Crystal Stevenson
01:35:02
THANK YOU TIFFANY FOR YOUR INSIGHT AND INPUT! (DITTO)
Crystaline (Crys) Charity
01:36:41
Good Evening. As many have said more eloquently, what Auburn Gresham needs is a QUALITY grocery store and businesses, both large, medium and small and parking, both on its own and to supplement the Healthy Lifestyle Hub, not more housing and housing that is NOT typical/in line with this area and on one of the busiest COMMERCIAL streets. The great majority of other longtime owners and other concerned residents have expressed these concerns as well. Thank you.
Adams7
01:38:29
yes please answer the grocery store questions
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
01:39:54
I recall my thought: Will there be an opportunity to have more than just the one restaurant/partner present their proposal and/or business plan?
TThomas
01:40:02
Phase II......o.k......AFTER all the low income housing is in....
Karen Blackman
01:40:06
to bring a grocery store to a community you will need
Adams7
01:40:10
however a liquor store was just rebuild down the street
Karen Blackman
01:40:41
illustrating that the community trade area that captures their core customer
Norma Sanders
01:41:04
The grocery store should be it’s own RFP.
Karen Blackman
01:42:08
we have had this question addressed and promised to the community several times, each time, it was after this building is built,, after this project is completed and so forth and so on. This is a valid issue and again, being put on the back burner-
TThomas
01:42:48
"Explore".."hope"..."plan"...."goal"....the only thing definitive is low income housing...everything else is throwing pennies in the wishing well...
Adams7
01:42:48
However is it how to rebuild a liquor store and that just was build and now open!!!
Karen Blackman
01:43:36
if you can see, this is the area of concern, the community has asked for this for over 10 years and if you are going to invest in the community and want to bring to see our commitment to the a project, this is very important
Maria LaMothe
01:43:43
Why can’t the exploration of the grocery store happen before this housing project
Karen Blackman
01:43:46
the right fit??? can you elaborate?
Pat D
01:43:56
We don't need another Aldi's or Save A Lot. We need a QUALITY grocery store with fresh not wilted produce.
Karen Blackman
01:44:17
can i get a copy of this recording
Crystal Stevenson
01:44:46
WHO WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE LONG-TERM???
Tiffany Smith (she/her)
01:44:50
Hi Ms. Blackman, by right fit I mean quality goods with a variety of options. NO Bodegas.
Maria LaMothe
01:44:52
The community said they didn’t want mixed income housing. Surely they don’t want low income.
TThomas
01:45:08
What is our purpose here this evening?Is it to provide the façade of a false sense of resident participation, when the majority of RESIDENT STAKEHOLDERS have already, on more than one occasion, have expressed their position on the placement of low income housing in their community?Against the threat from Planning Commissioner Cox, (“you will get housing or you will get nothing”)https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/25/if-auburn-gresham-residents-dont-want-affordable-housing-development-they-could-end-up-with-nothing-officials-say/most residents stated that “nothing” is better than concentrated low income housing in their community of single family and two flat homes.In fact, every news source has documented the community’s discontent with the plan and process that has been surreptitious at best and disingenuous at its worst.
Carla
01:45:32
I have to leave now, thank you for the information. I’m excited about the new growth of the community I was born, raised and continue to live.
TThomas
01:45:39
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/18/as-auburn-gresham-residents-push-back-on-city-backed-affordable-housing-lightfoot-and-other-leaders-plead-their-case/ - Block Club Chicagohttps://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/05/21/controversy-south-side-development/ CBS 2 Newshttps://fb.watch/5ISBY4vy05/ WVON RadioNotwithstanding over 300 petitionshttp://chng.it/5CSDLPb5fgand countless media representations against the project, it still soldiers on – a slap in the face to the Community, exacerbated by this charade tonight of faux input by members of the community whose voices are still yet to be heard by an obviously tone deaf and distracted Alderman – whose attention has been on matters far removed from the 17th Ward (Lake Shore Drive, Secretary of State), with the exception of his attempt to hold up funding to one of the pillars of our Community – The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation –
E. curtis
01:45:46
was the 79 street traffic taken into consideration. with the truck hub from the expressway west to train yards. traffic will be increased and not in a giodvwa
TThomas
01:46:04
– because they would not provide him personal information about their staff:https://twitter.com/erin_hegarty/status/1416135890229944325Why is there this mad dash to ram something down the throats of the residents that the residents do not want? Could it be the relationship between the Developer and the Alderman? Or maybe a lack of alacrity from an outsider Mayor and Planning Commissioner with no roots in this city or community?For some reason, a questionable RFP process was allowed to go forward despite the concerns of the community.At a point certain, the people of this community WILL be heard…..even if it takes until Tuesday February 28, 2023 “to get our pencil and a piece of pay-pa” and effectuate a change for the better.
Karen Blackman
01:46:10
wow
Torrey Barrett
01:46:45
Call me please. 708.878.2423
Karen Blackman
01:47:12
what time
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
01:47:44
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 6pm
Karen Blackman
01:47:46
can I provide questions to my team and have someone attend if i can’t or are these closed
TThomas
01:49:37
Listening to the residents ? While on the road campaiging for another office ?
Coretta J. Pruitt Descendant of Clorenda
01:49:39
Thank you and stay safe.