After taking office, my office prioritized all 47th Ward TIF spending for public schools, parks, and infrastructure. And here are the results of reprioritizing TIF funds for public projects.

Schools

  • Lake View High School                  $2 million for STEM Program
  • Coonley Elementary                       $16.5 million for new addition
  • McPherson Elementary                  $400k for new outdoor campus –paired with #GROW47 dollars
  • Kerry Wood Cubs Field                  $1.25 million
  • Chappell School                             $1.5 million for ADA improvements
  • Amundsen High School                  $500k for renovations
  • Lane Tech High School                  $4 million for renovations

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Parks

  • Kerry Wood Cubs Field                  $1.25 million for first IHSA baseball stadium on north side (total $6 million project)
  • Clark Park                                       $3.5 million for soccer field, site remediation, etc.
  • Clark Park Boat House                   $1.25 million
  • Welles Park                                    $1.33 million for new playground, locker rooms, bathrooms, roof & tennis court surfacing
  • Revere Park Field House               $200k for new roof

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Public Infrastructure

  • Lawrence Avenue Streetscape      $13 million for #ANewLawrence
  • Sulzer Regional Library                  $5 million for renovations
  • Divvy stations                                 $100k
  • Green Alley Construction               $227k

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Private Development

And finally, my office used TIF funds for one private development: Ravenswood Station. This $32 million development created nearly 1k jobs (retail and construction). The project will generate over $1 million in new property taxes and about $800k in new sales tax revenue for the City. Most importantly, this development helped to jump-start further investment on Lawrence Avenue and brought a grocery store to an area of the 47th ward where a grocery store was not within walking distance.

  • Ravenswood Station        $4.5 million for improvements to site, utilities and streetscape

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