Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development for the City of Chicago City Council will discuss and vote on R2018-1394, a Class 6(b) tax incentive measure to allow the former Crawford Coal Power Plant to be torn down and the surrounding site to be redeveloped into a massive, million-square-foot warehousing and distribution center as part of a $100 million project by multi-billion-dollar corporation Hilco Global.
As the Daily Line reported, if approved, the property would be assessed to 10 percent of its market value for the first 10 years, 15 percent in the 11th year and 20 percent in the 12th year. The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) strongly opposes R2018-1394 and will testify against this measure at Thursday’s hearing.
The approved and fast tracking of the re-development of the Crawford Coal Power plant is one of the many examples why we are demanding the LVICMP be slowed down. As many of you know, the LVICMP process started in April of 2018, and although this process was planned to be done in six months, it has been extended, thanks to community pressure, to February of 2019. We have included a link to the City of Chicago’s website
for you to check out the notes and presentations from the working group and community meetings.
As a environmental justice community, we are outraged that this process is not proposing the health and environmental protections needed and fought for in our communities. Instead this process is being used as cover to quickly pass through major boundary changes with no understanding or explanation to intended and unintended consequences of these proposals.
Although four working group meetings and three community meetings were held, the five plus boundary proposals were only briefly mentioned in the third working group meeting during the last ten minutes and then as a major part of the fourth working group meeting. These ideas were never reviewed in public community meetings. As a community that fought for environmental justice in this process, we are outraged and are demanding the following:
-The proposed boundary change be stopped until a full market study is completed that assess the impacts to housing, industry and equity.
-More time be given for community outreach, in particular
-Resources for open space or park space in the LVIC should go to local under resourced parks: La Villita Park, Shedd, and others.
-The LVICMP include land for large scale greenhouses and indoor urban ag with a focus on local small business and cooperatives
-The Little Village Industrial Corridor Modernization Framework should require a review process of the conditions of the local Health and Environment of Little Village and surrounding communities, and should require renewable energy in local Industries
-The Little Village Industrial Corridor should provide living wage and environmentally safe local jobs for all, regardless of immigration status
LVEJO is hosting three community meetings this week to help update community members, followed by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development community meetings the next week:
LVEJO Community Meetings:
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Piotrowski Park (4247 West 31st St)
Thurs. Jan. 17, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Universidad Popular (2801 South Hamlin)
Sat. Jan. 19, 2019 @ 10am-12pm
Madero Middle School (3202 W 28th St)
City of Chicago DPD LV ICMP Meetings:
Tues. Jan. 22, 2019 @ 3-5pm
Little Village Branch Library (2311 S. Kedzie Ave.)
Wed. Jan. 23, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Rauner YMCA (2700 S. Western Ave)
Thurs. Jan. 24, 2019 @ 11 am – 1pm
Toman Branch Library (2708 S. Pulaski Rd.)
DPD is planning on presenting the proposed framework
on Thurs. Feb. 21st at 10 am to the Chicago Plan Commission.
DPD will accept written public comment on the draft until Feb. 15, 2019, via email or regular mail.
LVEJO is also hosting a public comment form online
in Spanish and English to help assist. Please share. The public is also invited to offer formal comment in person at the Chicago Plan Commission.
Join LVEJO in demanding that the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Alderman Munoz and Alderman Cardenas stop the Hilco and LVICMP process and not present to the Plan Commission Feb. 21st until the communities demands are met.