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Locals release housing study

By LINDSAY WELBERS and ANDREW HOLZMAN Staff Writer and Herald Intern A low-income family with two children will have a heck of a time finding an apartment to rent in Hyde Park. The Coalition for Equitable Community Development released the “Hyde Park-South Kenwood Affordable Rental Housing Market Study” on Saturday at its annual meeting. The(…)

City Hyde Park gets $11.3M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The developers of City Hyde Park had their request for $11.3 million in tax increment financing approved by the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council at its Jan. 25 meeting. The $11.3 million will be used to help fund a $22 million gap in funding for the(…)

SSA for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission will apply to the City of Chicago to create a Special Services Area along 53rd Street, it was announced last week. The SECC has already created an 18-person advisory committee to determine what the SSA’s boundaries would be, what services it would bring to the(…)

Folkies return to Hyde Park event

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10. Festival concerts will be held in the venue beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m.(…)

Murray teacher gets award

Murray Language Academy Elementary School teacher Anh T. Hoang, won the KIA Educator of the Month award. He will receive $1,000, which will be used for classroom improvements. Hoang, a second grade teacher at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., said his goal each year is to inspire all of his students to reach(…)

WHPK crew celebrates jazz for Black History Month at I-House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor WHPK will host its Third Annual Black History Month Celebration Saturday, Feb. 8, at International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The program, entitled “Our Gift to the World,” begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes the presentation of the WHPK REACH Award and performances by the Hanah Jon Taylor(…)

Local service connects neighbors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s neighbors are about to get a little friendlier. Good Neighbors, a popular Google Group that started for the residents of a few blocks around 55th Street and Kimbark Avenue in 2006, has been opened to all residents of Hyde Park. “It was supposed to be a neighborhood thing,”(…)

McMobil back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council is expected to hear from the University of Chicago and developers about the future of the McMobil site on 53rd Street. The McMobil site, a parcel of land consisting of a vacant lot and a Mobil gas station and car(…)