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SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposed 53rd Street special service area would largely overlap with the tax increment financing district, but if approved would have a huge affect on tax bills for those businesses and residences. An SSA would initially add .65 percent to the tax base from which the property’s tax bill is(…)

Canter gains one year phase out

Canter gains one year phase out

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced in March that several schools across the city would be closed(…)

Local schools gird for changes

Local schools gird for changes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Changes are underway for Ray, Bret Harte and Shoesmith elementary schools as they prepare for the phase out of Canter Middle School. Earlier in this school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., was on its school closing list for underutilization. After(…)

Board votes to delay Canter closure

Board votes to delay Canter closure

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. At its meeting on Wednesday, parents, teachers, students and education advocacy groups from across the city spoke out in(…)

Ancona gala huge success

Ancona gala huge success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School raised more than $200,000 at its 50th Anniversary Gala earlier this month. The funding will be used to provide scholarships and update technology and playground equipment at the school. The event, which was held at the Chicago Marriott on May 4, had an unprecedented number of(…)

Plan commission endorses Vue53

Plan commission endorses Vue53

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission passed the plan to build the 13-story Vue53 at the McMobil site on Thursday. The only vote against the plan was from George Migala, who questioned why the height for the building was necessary. “Why so high?” Migala asked. Mesa Development attorney Graham Grady said that(…)

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community members and businesspeople convened at the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Council meeting Monday, May 13, to discuss and detail the changing face of Hyde Park. Highlights of the meeting, held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., included a proposed neighborhood special service area(…)

Becker-Friedman work to begin

Becker-Friedman work to begin

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work is expected to begin in June on the future Becker-Friedman Institute’s research pavilion and turning the stretch of 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue into a pedestrian plaza. Phase 2 of construction on the former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University, will begin in mid-June said Alicia(…)