Teska has completed the draft recommendations for the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan. These recommendations are the result of an extensive community input process over the past nine months that included 15 meetings and outreach events, numerous interviews, two public surveys, and hundreds of comments.
The draft recommendations are available to view at the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan website. Residents have through February 12, 2018, to provide feedback via an online comment submission form. Once these comments have been collected, Teska will prepare a full draft of the Master Plan.
I would like to thank the community for their participation over the past several months in this process and for their ongoing commitment to our community. It gives me great honor to serve residents who are invested in the betterment of our neighborhood.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Community Meeting #1: 6:00-7:30 on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Copernicus Center– this will be a Community Listening Session to provide an overview of the project and have station areas to solicit feedback into economic development, transportation, and land use/design issues.
- Community Meeting #2: 6:00-7:30 on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Copernicus Center – this will be an opportunity for community members to participate in developing strategies to improve transportation, mobility, land use, housing and economic development while strengthening the community character of our neighborhood.
- Open House: 6:30-8:00 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Copernicus Center – There will be a presentation on outreach and feedback to date, followed by an opportunity to learn more and comment on recommendations that have been developed for the draft Master Plan. Key topics include transportation, economic development, and community character. Design guidelines and design concepts will also be shared for public comment.
Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan
Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing District.
Teska Associates will review the existing conditions of the transportation infrastructure, analyze properties within a ¼-mile of the transit center, collect data, and gather public input in order to make recommendations to improve access to public transportation and revitalize the business corridor through sustainable, economic development.
We need your input! You’ll have the chance to participate in this process as Teska Associates conducts stakeholder interviews and hosts multiple public workshops. A steering committee made up of residents will also help provide feedback and make recommendations throughout the process. The data collection and analysis will take about a year to complete before a final master plan is published.
I am thrilled with the announcement and glad we are ready to begin the data collection and analysis. This will help kickstart our ongoing campaign to revitalize the Jefferson Park neighborhood and create a thriving neighborhood for all residents of our community.