Jackson Park Watch Update – December 16, 2019

Hello again!

Hard on the heels of our JPW Update of yesterday (12/15), saying that the Section 106 process appears to be stalled, came today‚Äôs e-message from the City (see below).  So perhaps there has been movement behind the scenes after all.

We will see what this amount to and, as always, we will keep you posted.

Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid,
Jackson Park Watch

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Dear Consulting Parties,

Thank you for your patience as we work to refine the Assessment of Effects (AOE) under the Section 106 review of Federal Actions in and around Jackson Park. 

 We have nearly completed the necessary revisions to the draft AOE that you provided comment on in August 2019 and expect to make the final AOE available in early January 2020. We will also host a webinar to review the document changes with you at that time. Another notice with schedule details will be sent after the New Year.

 Separately, the Chicago Park District will issue a request for proposals (RFP)for certain utility relocation work in Jackson Park. The utilities on the OPC site serve other parts of Jackson Park and will need to be moved once Federal approvals have concluded. This RFP will identify the contractor who will oversee the utility relocation work.

Finally, we continue to work with Federal agencies on an Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act and anticipate releasing that document to the public in early 2020 as well.

Thank you for your continued involvement in the project!

Abby Monroe | Public Participation Officer 

City of Chicago | Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
Bureau of Planning, Sustainability and Historic Preservation
121 North LaSalle, 10th Floor, Suite 1000 | Chicago, IL 60602
Office: (312) 744-9416     abby.monroe@cityofchicago.org

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