SSA to review service provider letters of interest

Special Service Area #61 (SSA #61), also known as Downtown Hyde Park, announced that commissioners will meet at 7 p.m., Aug. 16, in the lobby of the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., to review letters of interest submitted by nonprofit organizations, who would like to operate as the SSA #61 Service Provider Agency.

SSA #61 Chairman Michael McGarry said in a previous interview with the Herald that the SSA is not disgruntled with its current service provider, the South East Chicago Commission, but it wants to be more open and look into other organizations that have shown interest in becoming the SSA #61 Service Provider Agency.

Downtown Hyde Park has an annual operating budget of approximately $265,000, collected from property taxes on real estate within the SSA footprint (53rd Street, Lake Park Avenue, and 55th Street between Harper and Hyde Park avenues). SSA #61 uses some of those funds for programs including sidewalk cleanings, tree replacement and all of the bike racks that have been added to Hyde Park in the last few years. They also provide money and sponsor popular events like the 4th on 53rd Parade and the Silver Room Block Party.

Organizations can request specific information guidelines by contacting SSA #61 Vice Chairman George Rumsey at 773 – 955-4455 or All requested information — including an audited financial statement, a summary of organizational experience and corporate structure, history of contract administration and project management, and a sample SSA budget for 2018 (using the city’s template) — must be received by the Special Service Area #61 Chairman Michael McGarry before noon on Friday, Aug. 11.