On February 14th, 2019 the Chicago Heights Downtown/East Side Choice Neighborhood Planning team hosted a Community Visioning Workshop at Lincoln-Gavin Elementary. Residents of the Chicago Heights Downtown/East Side Choice Neighborhood provided input on the future of their neighborhood.
To begin the meeting, residents were given question cards that asked them what their ideal neighborhood would include in three words and allowed them to provide additional comments. Residents were also given stickers to identify preferred residential and commercial building types. After a short presentation from Bill James of Camiros, Tim Kollar of The Housing Authority of Cook County facilitated a Family Feud style game explaining the results of the recent Resident Needs Assessment Survey. Residents then broke into groups to “plan” their community by completing a sticker activity in which they identified their preferred locations for a variety of potential housing types and retail development on a map of the Downtown/East Side Choice Neighborhood.
For a full explanation of the results click HERE
On September 12th, 2018 the first meeting of the Working Groups took place at Golden Towers Senior Living Community in Chicago Heights.
An integral part of the Choice Planning Process is the working group. The Working Groups function as subcommittees of the Steering Committee.
The five Working Groups are where the solutions to problems are found and initiatives to transform the neighborhood are generated and considered.
Following a presentation by Bill James of Camiros, each working group met and came up with 3-4 key elements that will be important in creating the positive experience needed to transform the Downtown/East Side area into a neighborhood of choice.
There is an individual web page for each of the 5 groups, they can be found under the working group drop-down menu to the left, or by clicking the links below:
The full presentation can be found here: HERE
All the working group responses can be found HERE
New photos and documents have been added to the website!
We have uploaded:
- Photos of the June 23rd Celebration Event
- Posters and a report of the June 23rd event
- The presentation and agenda for the July 31st Steering Committee Meeting
- The updated Data Book with maps and information on the Downtown and East Side
Take a look and let us know what you think!
(Content from flyer above)
CELEBRATING CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS
Your Community… Your Voice!
Please join us for a Community Picnic
June 23rd Noon-3:00 PM
13th St and Wentworth Avenue, Chicago Heights
What to expect…
Food, Games, Pony Rides, Giant Slide, Music
Come and share your ideas for the neighborhood revitalization plan!
Mayor David A. Gonzalez, City of Chicago Heights
Director Richard J. Monocchio, Housing Authority of Cook County
Chicago Heights, IL is one of six communities to receive a Choice Neighborhoods (CN) Planning grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). By combining the resources available through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program with our commitment to community improvement and high quality mixed-income neighborhoods we can revitalize the Downtown and East Side neighborhoods. Through an inclusive community planning process, we will develop concrete strategies for improving and investing in our neighborhoods, providing high-quality housing and connecting people to opportunity.