BUILDING POWER, DEMANDING JUSTICE:
Northside Residents Imagine Future Use of Closed Neighborhood School
Chicago, IL—At the ONE Northside Inaugural Convention on May 4, 2014, the Education Team presented the results of their community-planning survey which reached over 800 Uptown residents, service providers, staff and clients at nonprofit organization and ONE Northside member institutions. The Mayor’s Committee on School Repurposing recommendation to take into account community input in planning processes for closed school redevelopment, and Stewart School stakeholders plan to act on that recommendation.
Coming on the heels of the historic decision by Chicago’s Board of Education to close 50 neighborhood schools, the ONE Northside Education Team (made up of parents, residents, community leaders and youth) has chosen to focus on imagining what the future holds for the shuttered Stewart Elementary School in Uptown.
The surveys show that residents and institutions in Uptown want more affordable housing, non-profit spaces and development that creates good jobs. Valerie Ridley is an Uptown resident, youth worker, teacher in training and a part of the Education Team. Ridley believes that “Stewart was a community asset prior to the closure and the redeveloped building should continue to be a community asset for all to enjoy.”
As part of this redevelopment process, ONE Northside is joining the Metropolitan Planning Council in convening a 3-part workshop with the goal to propose our community’s vision for what will occupy that former school in Uptown. Dates are: May 8, May 12 and May 29 from 6-8 at Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 N Clarendon Ave. It is extremely important to attend these meetings and voice your concerns about losing this former community asset to private developers and continuing the gentrification of Uptown and the Northside. MPC has assurances from the Mayor’s office that proposals from the community will have significant considerations in the forthcoming sale of the building. To register for the event, click here:
For more information, Contact:
Victor M Valle, Organizer
773-769-3232 extension 11