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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the advertisement of the first two construction projects that require neighborhood residents to be hired for at least 7.5 percent of labor hours on city construction contracts worth more than $100,000, ensuring that residents benefit from the jobs and economic impact from City construction projects in their communities.
“People in communities across Chicago benefit from the construction projects and infrastructure improvements, and now they will benefit from the jobs and economic impact of these projects,” said Mayor Emanuel. “From Rogers Park to Roseland, if a city construction project is taking place, people from the community will have the opportunity to work on that project.”
The first project utilizing the Project Area Resident ordinance that was passed earlier this year will be streetscaping work for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). The scope of work includes sidewalk, landscaping, lighting improvements and some roadway improvements.
The work will take place from 71st Street/Jeffrey Blvd to South Shore Drive in the Hyde Park, Woodlawn and South Shore communities, which are primarily in the 5th Ward, but will include portions of the 4th, 7th, 8th and 20th Wards. Project Areas are defined using the 77 City of Chicago Community Areas as designated in section 1-14-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.
The second project is a sewer rehabilitation project from the Department of Water Management, that will occur from 29th and 30th streets along South Martin Luther King Drive. Residents hired from the 3rd and 4th Wards, in the Douglas, Oakland and Grand Boulevard communities would make up 7.5% of the project labor hours.
The City of Chicago already has a requirement that 50 percent of labor hours on non-federally funded construction contracts be filled by residents of Chicago. The proposed 7.5 percent would also count towards the 50 percent requirement. In the event the contractor fails to meet this obligation, and has not demonstrated good faith efforts to achieve the project area resident requirement, monetary damages will be assessed against the contractor.
This Project Area Resident Initiative is the latest in a series of efforts made by Mayor Emanuel to increase opportunities for local residents and MBEs/WBEs. Additional announcements have included the MBE/WBE Mentorship Program, Diversity Business Initiative, the Small Business Initiative, and the Graduation Phase-out Program for MBEs/WBEs.