North Avenue District Wins Planning Assistance

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By Judith Alexander

Project will provide economic development plan involving Chicago and Oak Park.

A plan for The North Avenue District is one of 34 new projects chosen by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) board for support through its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The project will be a collaboration between the City of Chicago and the Village of Oak Park to create an economic development and land use plan. (The North Avenue District runs from Austin Blvd. to Harlem Ave., bordering the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago and Oak Park.) 

"The ward's economic development is one of my top priorities," said Chris Taliaferro, 29 th Ward Alderman. "Planning is often necessary for commercial districts like North Avenue, where my office is located."

"The Village of Oak Park believes that a land use and development plan that includes both sides of the corridor will be most beneficial," said Mayor Abu-Taleb.

The North Avenue District's successful application, in partnership with Oak Park and the 29 th Ward, sought assistance developing a plan for The District to guide new development and business recruitment efforts by the 29th Ward's Economic Development Committee and Oak Park's Economic Development Corp. The plan will provide land use recommendations and the basis for a more unified look and feel. In addition, it will provide guidance on potential financial incentives to attract development, and inform an upcoming transportation study by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

About The North Avenue District

The North Avenue District (T-NAD) promotes the revitalization of the North Avenue corridor between Austin Avenue on the east and Harlem Avenue on the west. Its directors are business/property owners and residents of Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago. It is an independent 501c3 charitable corporation, founded in 2013 as the North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC). See for more information.

About CMAP

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region's comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of- life issues. See for more information.

About the LTA program

CMAP established the Local Technical Assistance program shortly after GO TO 2040's adoption in October 2010 with a $4.25 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, which expired in January 2014. Since then, the program has been supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Cook County. See resources/lta for more information.

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