Albany Home Zone

Welcome to the website of the Albany Home Zone Project. The goal of the project is create a Home Zone on the 2400 block of Albany Avenue in Chicago, IL Please read more about the project and read our blog posts below. If you live on the block (or even if you don't), please join in on the conversation! We're trying to make our neighborhood better and every voice counts.

Home Zone project scheduled work dates

Today Alderman Colon forwarded us a message from CDOT which included the scheduled work dates of the Home Zone project.  According to CDOT, our project is scheduled to run from 7/27 through 8/6.

It looks like work will be completed in two weeks!

NO. PROGRAM WARD APPL # LOCATION BREAK DATE POUR DATE BACKFILL DATE GRIND DATE ASHPHALT PLACEMENT DATE PROJ END DATE
2 MENU BUMP OUT 35 048037 2400 N ALBANY AVE 7/27/2010 7/28/2010 8/2/2010 8/3/2010 8/4/2010

8/6/2010

Construction Starting!

Contractors came today to mark our street for construction. They said the construction should start in the couple of weeks!

Alderman Colon confirms project is planned

Today Alderman Rey Colon confirmed that the Home Zone is on the list of projects slated for completion in the 35th ward.

It looks like the project will be happening this Summer!

Home Zone presentation at Break The Gridlock unHappy Hour

Julie Dworkin, Home Zone lead instigator will be giving a presentation at the Break The Gridlock unHappy Hour on July 21st. See link for more details.

Home Zone update

CDOT has completed the detailed cost estimate for our project and sent it to Alderman Colon. (See new detailed plan on the design page). Here is the email from the engineer at CDOT:
Alderman Colón, we have finalized the cost estimate for the attached Albany Avenue home zone concept. The project is estimated to cost $150,000. Based on discussions with [community project leader] Julie [Dworkin], she had requested that two larger mid-block bump outs will be covered in sod. The two smaller bump-outs near the alleys at both ends of the block will be landscaped with plant material. The two bump outs near Kedzie and the church will be constructed in concrete to facilitate the installation new accessible pedestrian ramps. The grass and landscaped bump outs will require a maintenance agreement to be established between the block club and the City, which I've attached for your reference. [This agreement is also on the design page --editor] I will be providing you with an official letter summarizing our cost estimate and requesting use of your Menu Program funds to construct these improvements.
We requested that the two larger bump out have sod because I saw those as community/play space. We can decide as a block what will go there, but I thought it made sense to start with grass instead of just dirt. The smaller ones could have native plants like the bump-outs at Wrightwood and Kedzie or by the corner store. We will need to sign the maintenance agreement with the city, so at some point we will need to meet to decide who will be responsible for what.

Tribune Article on the Albany Home Zone

From http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-albany-home-zone-city-zone-1jan13,0,4554409.story:

Chicago residents fight to slow traffic on block

If Albany Avenue project is successful, other blocks may follow, city official says

By Chris McNamara Special to the Tribune January 13, 2010 From the porch of Julie Dworkin's Logan Square home, Albany Avenue looks cozy and inviting.

Final Design Available

The final approved design is now on the Design page. We were lucky to have an alderman who was already primed to be supportive of this kind of initiative because of other bicycle and pedestrian activism in the ward. Ultimately, though it was the support of so many neighbors on the block that made it happen.

Time Out Article

The Time Out Article has come out. See the story on Time Out's site here.

The war at home

Bicycle advocates transform their block into a no-danger zone. By John Greenfield Photograph by Marina Makropoulos

Signature Collection

Everyone should be thinking about getting out and collecting signatures for the block redesign. The goal is to have them all in by June 1st.

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