NBW Announces the Launch of North Branch River Works: A Plan for Community, Jobs & Innovation

Chicago, Illinois – North Branch Works is excited to announce the launch of North Branch River Works: A Plan for Community, Jobs, and Innovation and the first outreach meeting on Tuesday, July 15th, where the general public will be introduced to the project and be given the chance to share their ideas, issues, and concerns with North Branch Works and their consultant team. The meeting will be hosted at the Little Sisters of the Poor (Auditorium) located at 2325 North Lakewood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Doors will open at 6pm and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. The general public will also have the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the course of the 18-month planning process via a web application found at www.civicartworks.com/riverworks.

Inspired by the opportunity presented by 40+ acres along the Chicago River (A. Finkl & Sons Co., A. Lakin &Sons, and Gutmann Tannery), North Branch Works and its partner, the Delta Institute, will oversee the development and implementation of North Branch River Works, a plan for the future of the North Branch Industrial Corridor and surrounding areas. It will focus on the continued growth of existing businesses, meeting the needs of evolving advanced and digital manufacturing practices, and enhancing the value of surrounding neighborhoods by exploring issues related to transportation and livability in order to attract compatible economic development and quality employment opportunities. The community will be engaged throughout a planning process that will strive to strengthen the Corridor and 30+ years of business retention, development policy, and employment-generating investment by key community stakeholders.

According to Mike Holzer, Executive Director of North Branch Works, “This US EPA Brownfield planning grant will provide North Branch Works and community stakeholders a terrific opportunity for a comprehensive assessment of what works and what needs to be improved in our community, not only from the stand point of what could be done on the target sites but also how the larger planning area can be improved through this process. Issues such as infrastructure, connections to home, work and services, transit, public space, pedestrian and bike access and other features of our collective urban space can and should inform this planning process. We look forward to the launching of this planning process next Tuesday as the start of a productive engagement with community stakeholders.”

In the fall of 2013, North Branch Works, alongside its partner – the Delta Institute, was awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Area-wide Planning Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The grant is a part of the US EPA, Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Partnership for Sustainable Communities program.

To help execute the North Branch River Works plan, North Branch Works selected a planning, market research, and architecture team composed of US Equities Realty, Civic ArtWorks, Goodman Williams Group, and Koo and Associates.

North Branch Works invites all members of the community to attend the July 15th outreach meeting and visit www.civicartworks.com/riverworks to find more information about the project and share thoughts about the project.

For additional information, please contact:
Mike Holzer
Executive Director
North Branch Works
Direct: (773) 929-5552 x225
E-Mail: mike@northbranchworks.org
www.northbranchworks.org

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