Officials want Logan Square opinions on CTA development plans

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Logan Square Corridor Development Initiative website. Snapshot of surveymonley.com

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]esidents and businesses are conflicted on how they want property on and around the Logan Square Blue Line station developed.

“It’s kind of imposing. We want the area to be conducive,” said Carlos Garcia, a manager at Disco City, an instrument and record store located directly across from the proposed development site. “If it brings in an influx of customers, then of course we’re in favor of it.”

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) along with Ald. Rey Colón have held three public meetings since last July to seek community input on what the proposed development of the land, valued at $6 million, should be.

The MPC is an independent nonprofit organization that partners with civic leaders and businesses to promote and implement regional growth, according to their website.

“It’s not our job to be the deciders. That’s for the community to do,” said Yonah Freemark, a representative for the MPC.

Freemark said the data was compiled into multiple proposals that include combinations of green space, low-income housing and retail space. About 93 percent of the proposals call for development on the Emmett Street parking lot, according to the MPC’s proposal summary. But not everyone is satisfied with these plans.

“If you remove that space, it will be hard to park. Where would they all go?” said Justin Rodriquez, 24, who’s lived in Logan Square his whole life. Yet other residents don’t seem to mind if the developments eliminate or cut down parking.

“Most people who I think come to this area live here or commute [using public transit],” said Liz Flemke, who lives around the development’s corner on Kimball.

Other proposals replace parking spaces with garages and on-street parking, but it is unclear now if the spaces will be made available to the public or private businesses and residents.

The MPC is taking final critiques for the proposals via an online survey at their website. When the survey closes on Oct. 20, the MPC will work in partnership with the alderman’s office to create a consensus proposal they hope to show in early 2015, said Freemark.

Take the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BN3HWHN.

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