Time Out Chicago Article/Photo

Time Out Chicago will be doing a story about the Home Zone for an upcoming issue. They want to get a picture of our street and the people living here.

Please come on out on Thursday, May 14th at 6pm to get your picture taken.

Moving Towards Final Design

After much back and forth with CDOT we think we have a design (see last blog entry) that addresses a lot of the concerns that have been raised. This design only loses two parking spots, it will slow down traffic significantly, it has the pull-in parking, it creates some new green space, and it breaks up the diagonal parking so it is not all in one solid line. At this point CDOT has provided a cost estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Modification on design

We talked to Rick Plenge of CDOT today and he said he did a redesign where the diagonal parking was flipped to the other side of the street. The new design looses two additional parking spots. Nothing is finalized, of course.

The two versions are attached below. 'Option 1' is the version with the parking on the same side; 'Option 2' has the flipped parking.

Note that this new version has pull-in parking rather than the back-in of the previous design.

Results of last meeting

The meeting on 2/11/2009 was sparsely attended.

We discussed the latest plan from CDOT (see last blog posting).

Another draft plan

Attached is Rick Plenge's redo of the design for the street. He did not get approval for the narrower stalls, so we do lose some of the green space which was already pretty minimal. For comparison, here is his original design.

Albany street redesign update

Rick Plenge emailed in mid-December to say that they had come up with three potential new designs that narrowed the parking stalls from 10' to 9' and showed the pull-in vs. back-in parking. With the 9' stalls, only 2 parking spots are lost instead of 6. The person at CDOT who needs to approve whether they can do the 9' stalls is on vacation until after the new year. Once he is back, we should be able to see the new designs and decide how to proceed. Rick Plenge emphasized again that whatever we decide, we should stripe the street first and try it out before making structural changes.

meeting with CDOT

We had a very good meeting today with Rick Plenge from CDOT. He thought our concept was very innovative and was excited about it serving as a model for other places in the city. Here is what we discussed:

Draft Plan Available

Finally, the moment we all have been waiting for! We have finally gotten a draft plan back from CDOT on our proposed street redesign. If you follow the email thread below there was some back and forth with the alderman and CDOT about the number of parking spaces. The guy from CDOT said there would be some loss of parking. The alderman requested an alternative design without the loss of parking and then the CDOT guy said it really wasn't possible. So now at lest we have something real to look at and react to that meets all the CDOT requirements.

CDOT Responds: 2400 N. Albany Bump-out Plan

Finally, the moment we all have been waiting for! We have finally gotten a draft plan back from CDOT on our proposed street redesign. If you follow the email thread below there was some back and forth with the alderman and CDOT about the number of parking spaces. The guy from CDOT said there would be some loss of parking. The alderman requested an alternative design without the loss of parking and then the CDOT guy said it really wasn't possible. So now at lest we have something real to look at and react to that meets all the CDOT requirements.

Block Party Announced

Signature gathering is complete.

The block party will be held on:

Saturday July 12, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

A model of the proposed design will be on display. Please come! Please encourage all our neighbors to do so as well!

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