Community Visioning Process to Guide Revitalization of 'Belmont Triangle'
Outreach activities will identify local preferences for key Avondale development site
The redevelopment of Avondale’s “Belmont Triangle” will be subject to a community visioning process that kicks off on Thursday, April 28, at a virtual neighborhood meeting co-hosted by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th).
The kick-off meeting will provide an overview of approximately four acres of vacant land within the block bounded by Belmont Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue and Pulaski Road that could be redeveloped for a mix of uses that serve neighborhood needs.
The meeting will include a review of existing conditions, proposed timelines and details of the visioning process that will move forward this spring, including a public survey and other neighborhood engagement opportunities to identify viable options for future uses and new construction.
In collaboration with Ald. Reboyras, DPD identified the site for community visioning due to its diminished role providing retail- and service-oriented amenities for the neighborhood. The process is part of a strategic effort under Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to maximize neighborhood opportunity sites throughout Chicago on behalf of nearby stakeholders and the entire city.
More than half of the triangular block is currently vacant due to recent business closures and building demolitions. The vacant parcels to be discussed are at 3240-84 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3207-47 N. Pulaski Ave. and 3934-62 W. Belmont Ave.
“After decades of productive, business-oriented uses, the Belmont Triangle is today economically disconnected from the commercial corridors that have long been associated with Avondale’s vitality and culture,” DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox said. “Public input is essential to determine the right mix of uses that will make it a community focal point once again.”
The process is expected to result in the issuance this summer of a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) by DPD in collaboration with local property owners. Existing buildings on the block’s northern and southeastern corners would not be subject to the RFP.
The entire block is currently zoned B3-1, which permits a variety of business uses and dwelling units above the first floor.
“In order for this community to thrive, we need density and retail uses to anchor and encourage people to walk, shop, and visit our businesses," Ald. Reboyras said.
The hour-long kickoff session will be held virtually starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 28. To register, please visit Chicago.gov/BelmontTriangle.
Spanish and Polish translation services will be available.