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Aug 29, 2014
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Ashland Ave Water Main Replacement part 2

From Jim Poole, Alderman’s office “The major detour will take people east on Irving to Clark then north.  There will be a no thru traffic sign posted at Greenview and Irving Park.  Other detours will be done as needed when they cross Belle Plaine, Berteau, etc.  As they move to make those closures, I will let you know as best I can.  We can adjust in real-time if there are issues.”

From GWCA  – This project begins on the east side of Ashland on September 2nd.  The project entends from Irving Park to Lawrence and will be done in sections.  The expectation (weather holding) is for the east side of Ashland from Irving Park to Montrose to take about 3 1/2 weeks.  Then the next section north will be done etc.  After the east side is done, the west side from Lawrence to Montrose will be done.  Our total neighborhood impact is mostly 3 1/2 weeks.  Some misery, yes but it will be a quick project and the reward is a new watermain and street.  From start to finish, the entire project to Lawrence will run about two months.  We’ll get info on what will be limited neighborhood access during the project.  Won’t be fun for awhile, but the important thing is to get it done before bad weather.  It has been a long undertaking to get this project planned and financed.  Many of you probably remember the many sewer collapses on Ashland and other 100 year old water main replacements throughout the neighborhood.

It would be helpful to receive input during the project.  I’m asking for a point person on Greenview, Belle Plaine, Berteau, Cullom and near the north / south alleys east and west of Greenview during the project.  Please email if you’d like to be a point person.  Please also use caution as school is starting for neighborhood children, Lake View High School and German School students, so we need to be aware of increased pedestrians.



Aug 29, 2014
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Ashland Ave Water Main Replacement begins Sept 2

August 27, 2014Water Main Replacement on Ashland from Irving Park to Lawrence Begins Sept. 2 

 4243 N. Lincoln Ave. – – (773) 868-4747


Dear Neighbor, 

When I first took office in May of 2011, we received many calls from residents along Ashland Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence regarding failing utility cuts and other street surface issues that resulted in vibration damage to nearby homes. At that time, I directed Bill Higgins and Jim Poole to begin developing a plan to resurface Ashland Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence. Since Ashland is a Cook County roadway, my team worked closely with Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Commissioner John Fritchey to develop a coordinated plan to replace a century-old water main and resurface Ashland Avenue.


Their work resulted in a plan that involves cooperation between the City of Chicago and Cook County. The Dept. of Water Management (DWM) will fund the replacement of century-old water mains under Ashland and the County will fund the resurfacing of the roadway. This partnership saves money for taxpayers, and ensures that a newly-resurfaced roadway will not be destroyed by a major water main replacement project in the coming years.  This project is a first for Cook County and the City of Chicago. I am pleased to see such robust coordination across units of government.


Starting next week (Tuesday, September 2nd), contractors working with DWM will begin replacing the water mains installed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries under Ashland Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence. After the water main work is complete, Cook County will be providing the funds to resurface the entire stretch of Ashland between Irving Park and Lawrence. Please note that the southbound lanes of Ashland between Montrose and Irving Park will not have the water main replaced, but will be resurfaced as part of this project.


The entire project, including restoration, is expected to be completed by the beginning of December.   Crews will work in four-block segments on Ashland, and full lane closures will be necessary during their work for safety reasons. Work will be in progress Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm.  Thanks, in advance, for your patience as the City completes this needed update to our aging infrastructure.


Crews will begin on the northbound lanes at Ashland and Irving Park and work their way to Montrose. They will then move to the northbound lanes between Montrose and Lawrence. During working hours, ALL northbound traffic on Ashland will be detoured to Clark St. They will then move to the southbound lanes between Lawrence and Montrose. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Damen via Lawrence during this time. The project is expected to be fully completed by late November. As crews make progress, there will be interruptions to E/W traffic across Ashland Avenue.


Please allow for extra time, plan alternate travel routes, follow all detour signs and avoid the area during this project, if possible.  The infrastructure map on our website, will be updated regularly along with the “Infrastructure Update” section of our weekly newsletter to keep you informed. We will have detailed detour maps available in the next few days, which we will post on our website and send to you once they are available.


You should also know that sand excavated from the Ashland Avenue project will be reused. Being able reuse the sand will save the City of Chicago approximately $240,000 — the reuse also allows for the work to completed with less trucks and other excavation resources. This results in significant fuel savings, noise reduction, decreased air pollution and considerably less wear on local streets.


If you have any questions or concerns during the course of this construction, please call or email my office — or 773-868-4747. We are working closely with the contractors and the Dept. of Water Management to ensure that the project stays on schedule for completion before winter.


While this project will cause disruption, the long-term benefit to improved water infrastructure and a new road surface on Ashland is great for our community. I want to thank DWM Commissioner Tom Powers, Cook County Superintendent John Yonan, Comissioner Bridget Gainer, Commissioner John Fritchey, and my entire team for working collaboratively on this project.  Thank you for your patience over the coming weeks as we complete this needed infrastructure upgrade and street resurfacing.




Aug 25, 2014
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Lake View High School Beautification Day Success

On Saturday, August 23rd, about 70 people including neighbors, parents, grandparents, teachers, students, community members (including a dozen from Graceland West) and leaders from several other neighborhood organizations, the LVHS LSC, Alderman Pawar and others joined Principal Scott Grens for the Lake View High School Beautification Day.  Rep. Ann Williams and Friends of Ameya Pawar (PAC) donated the paint.  Lake View Partners, the newly launched non-profit to support Lake View and Grow 47, Alderman Pawar’s initiative for schools sponsored the event. 

What support we saw for Lake View!  Volunteers were organized into small teams and then painted the interior front entrance, library and several other rooms, moved in new equipment and furniture, cleaned all the lockers, removed any remaining tape left over from the prior school year, washed windows, moved landscaping stones and more. There were about 20 major projects.  The exterior burgundy of the school didn’t get repainted because of rain, but other projects were substituted.  The school was already gleaming when we got there, but the finishing touches we did will really make students feel welcome.  After 4 hours of work, the projects were done and we met up for lunch. 

Saturday was a huge success.  To see every aspect of the community represented…students, faculty, staff, neighbors, elected officials, etc. working together was awesome.  The school looks great, we loved working together and everyone had a great time.  Amazing Day.  Thank you to all who helped! 

Aug 20, 2014
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Andersonville Business Survey

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Aug 4, 2014
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Volunteer to help Lake View on August 23rd

Event: Change the paint color on the first 6′ of Lake View from burgandy to bone and other clean-up work.

When: Saturday, August 23rd 8:30 a.m. (or as soon as you can be there).  This is NOT and all-day job.  Expect to be done and get lunch by 1 or 1:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at the LVHS parking lot

Wear: whatever you can get dirty or even drop some paint on.

Sixty five volunteers are already signed up.  Please join us.  Fill out this following volunteer form

Please find John Bjork, Janice Horwich or Brad Zerman, GWCA Council Members on the LVHS Committee the day of the event and let us know you’re there.  Also help us identify other GWCA residents that day so we can build this neighborhood committee.



Aug 4, 2014
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32nd Annual GWCA Garden Walk

Rain didn’t deter intrepid Garden Walkers who visited gardens carrying umbrellas or wearing Seattle type rain gear on Sunday, August 3rd.  Mixed weather changed back and forth from comfortable and breezy with blue sky mixed with clouds to showers to drenching downpours.

40 gardens including the new rain gardens on the Berteau Greenway, Warner Park and Gardens and the Lake View High School Campus Park were featured.  The insect petting zoo was a hit with children.  Annual participation by the U of I Extension Services provides the neighborhood with an on site botanical resource.  (Is it rust or black knot?)

Principal Scot Grens provided an architectural tour of Lake View High School to over 20 at 2:30 and and a video was filmed.

GWCA began Business Memberships in July and our first two business members, Southport and Irving / SIP and ASADO Coffee offered discounts to Garden Walkers.

Another downpour hit the start of the Gardener’s Dinner, but once we dried everything off, everyone enjoyed the end of the Garden Walk day.

Special thanks to the MANY volunteers who sourced gardens, developed, printed and delivered flyeres, put on another wonderful Gardners’ Dinner, hauled and cleaned tables and chairs and carried the erected and soaked tents to dry.  This 32nd Annual GWCA Garden Walk was enjoyed by all.

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