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UPTOWN CHICAGO COMMISSION

Uptown in the News  

April 4, 2007
News-Star
Lights, benches, planters, planned for Clark Street
Project will get underway this fall
By Lorraine Swanson Staff Writer


The 4400 to 4900 blocks of North Clark Street are about to get a much needed makeover.

Alderman Eugene Schulter, 47th, announced an ambitious $5 million streetscape plan for what has historically been a wholesale district extending from Ainslie to Montrose along Clark Street. Plans include an all-new lighting system, benches, brickpaver sidewalks, and planters to be funded from the Clark-Lawrence Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.

Plans call for double-acorn lights along the seven-block stretch with planters at each corner and adjoining side streets. The historic Issel building at Clark and Wilson will also be illuminated with spotlights at night. Maintenance of the planters and other special city services will be paid for with funds generated from a Special Service Area (SSA) tax.

Schulter said that installation of the Clark Streetscape will begin this fall and will be finished in spring 2008. There will be no traffic or sidewalk obstruction to business.

Small Business Improvement Fund, or SBIF grants, will also be available to business owners along the five-block area for refurbishing building facades and other improvements as part of the Clark-Lawrence and Ravenswood TIF Districts.

The stretch of Clark Street will also be resurfaced once the streetscape plan is completed next fall.


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