Financial measures approved by City Council today will improve a pair of park spaces on the South and Southwest Sides.
Sembrando en el Sol
The sale of a City-owned property at 2612-16 S. Trumbull Ave. in Little Village to the NeighborSpace land trust will enable the site’s continued use as the “Sembrando en el Sol” community garden. Totaling 6,250 square-feet, the lots will be sold for $1 each. Approximately $100,000 in Open Space Impact Fees will also be applied to soil improvements costs. The garden will be managed by Enlace Chicago, which has already planted trees and installed plant beds, fencing, a storage shed, and rain barrel on site. The garden’s name means “Planting in the Sun” in Spanish.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance in the amount of $1 million will support the installation of a new energy-efficient heating and ventilation system at Woodlawn’s Harris Park field house at 6200 S. Drexel Ave. The new system will provide separate climate controls for the gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness center and other areas. The balance of the $2 million project will be paid for by the Chicago Park District.
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