Chicago officials on Wednesday announced the launch of the first phase of a $10 million Fair Pass Development Grant Program. This initiative, funded by Chicago recovery planwill help encourage community-led development near train stations and high-frequency bus lanes.
During this initial phase, community groups and other organizations are encouraged to respond to a request for proposals for city grants to pay for technical assistance for eTOD projects, which will be awarded next year. The city expects to open multiple funding rounds for ETOD projects.
The second phase of the program, which will launch in December, will provide grants and technical assistance to directly support the type of dense, mixed-use, walkable development enabled by Connected Communities Act The city council approved it in July.
“In order to achieve my administration’s vision of a just city, we must correct and improve the ways we invest in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “By putting funding support behind the Connected Communities Act, we are living out our values by supporting developments that are accessible to all residents as well as catalytic to their communities. I look forward to seeing communities’ proposals for more equitable and inclusive development achieved through this funding.”
“Grants will help community stakeholders shape their neighborhoods by improving walkability to corner stores, transportation options, affordable housing, and other pedestrian-oriented amenities,” stated Maurice Cox, DPD Commissioner.
The ETOD Grant Program is part of the new Department of Planning and Development’s comprehensive application process for funding under $250,000. City officials say projects focused on improving health and racial equity outcomes, and prioritizing design that is walkable and transit friendly, will be prioritized. Projects can include affordable residential developments, mixed-use developments with health food retail, community ownership business models, and more.
In October 2021, the city partnered with the Elevated Chicago to Choose 11 projects To receive small grants and technical assistance. Officials say lessons learned from this pilot program will benefit the new $10 million initiative.
Among the winners in 2021:
- Bridget Bodega, 125 West 95th Street, Roseland
- Alliance Food Hall, 2800 West Madison Avenue, East Garfield Park
- Homan Harrison Mixed-Use Development, 600 S. Homan Ave. East Garfield Park
- Property Arts Project, 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave. , West Town
- Food Matters, 435 H, 43rd Street, Grand Boulevard
- Gate 79, State Street and 79th Streets, Chatham
- Overton Center of Excellence, 221 E 49th Street, Grand Boulevard
- Albany Park Plaza, 3300 West Lawrence Street, Albany Park
- Crossing the Street: Art on ClarkRogers Park
- Emmett Street Apartments Public Art and Place Industry2614 N. Emmett St., Logan Square
- 35/ Orange Line Archer ETOD Vision Project, 3528 Levitt Street, McKinley Park
“The Elevated Chicago Coalition has advocated for this commitment to ETOD since 2017, and the Departments of Housing, Planning, and Development have been allies in our journey,” said Roberto Roquejo, Elevated Executive Director of Streetsblog. “Our work has involved input from dozens of civic partners and community organizations, represented in the city’s ETOD working group and formed in collaboration with the mayor’s office. Now, we hope that this represents a larger multi-agency commitment, and that these initial dollars will support projects led by community residents in transport hubs hardest hit by gentrification and divestment.”
Drew Williams-Clark, director of equitable and sustainable communities for the Urban Planning Council, told SBC, “MPC commends the City of Chicago for demonstrating a historic commitment to investing in ETOD. The Connected Communities Act was a great first step, but this kind of public investment is necessary to make sure that all Chicagoans can experience the benefits of ETOD, especially in neighborhoods that have been hurt by ongoing disinvestment that can trace its lineage to racist policies and politics. To that end, we also commend the city for engaging with us, and Elevated Chicago, and many others for thinking about how we can make these investments using an equity lens.”
To learn more about the city’s fair transit-oriented development programs, visit chicago.gov/etod. Deadline to respond to Request for proposals for the implementation plan of the fair transit-oriented development plan It is Friday, December 9, 2022 at 12 noon Chicago time.