Gazette Chicago 11 03 2017 E Edition Page 1

NHL-size rinks as a community facility dedicated more than 90% to youth and adult hockey leagues. For each venue, facility lead- ership explained its mission and By Rick Romano The city's Near South and West Haven communities are about to enjoy and play host to the sporting life in brand new ways. Wintrust Arena, a $170 million, 10,000-seat facility, has opened at 200 E. Cermak Rd. as the latest jewel in the McCormick Square campus of entertainment facilities. It will host additional entertain- ment and be home to local college and professional basketball teams. After a November opening, in mid-December the Chicago Black- hawks anticipate dedicating their $65 million, 125,000-square-foot MB Ice Arena - Chicago Black- hawks Community Rink at 1801 W. Jackson Blvd. at Wood Street, just a few blocks from their United Cen- ter home ice. It will feature two By Igor Studenkov After years of declining invest- ment and virtually no staff growth, the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) program may finally see some improvements. In his budget proposal for the 2018 Fiscal Year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for putting $3 mil- lion into "enhancing community policing efforts." While the way the money is distributed is not entirely clear, the City will spend about $1.5 million to hire more C.A.P.S. com- munity organizers, youth service coordinators, and domestic vio- lence advocates and generally in- crease spending on positions re- lated to community relations. The C.A.P.S. program began in 1993 to improve communication and cooperation between police and the communities they serve. Beat meetings serve as a venue where officers and residents can talk about local crime issues and figure out ways to address them. C.A.P.S. officers also attend com- munity events and meetings to further these goals. Throughout the 1990s, the C.A.P.S. program was successful, but throughout the 2000s, the City cut the program's budget, even as the overall budget of the Chi- cago Police Department (CPD) increased. INSIDE A free, independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago Two new sports facilities to benefit the Near South and West Haven communities OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Motivations questioned over push for Chinatown special tax. See page 8. NTA protestors take their fight to steps of Mayor's home. See page 18. Lake Meadows Shopping Center undergoes renovation. See page 27. University of Illinois at Chicago's Image of Research allows students to explore new medium. See page 26. Statue of Christopher Columbus vandalize twice before holiday celebration; suspect arrested. See page 3. Fulton Market residents object to plans for narrow alleys C.A.P.S. program may receive more funding and staff after years of decline Continued on page 10 Easterseals breaks ground on new wellness and recreation center on Near West Side. See page 16. November 3, 2017 Vol. 35, No.7 By Patrick Butler And Eva Hoffmann Fulton Market residents have asked 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and the Chicago Plan Commission to delay approval of several proposed developments in order to enforce the Chicago Department of Transportation's (CDOT's) requirement that alleys measure 18 feet wide in the greater downtown area, which includes the Fulton Market area. CDOT's Street & Site Plan De- sign Standards say: "Alleys in the Greater Downtown Area (bounded by North Avenue, Ashland Avenue, Cermak Road, and Lake Michigan) should be a minimum of 18 feet to allow bypassing of trucks stopped in the alley, or the width necessary to accommodate movements into and out of loading docks, as deter- mined by an engineering evalua- tion of truck turning templates." In spite of this rule, proposed developments at 328 N. Carpenter St. and 172 N. Ada St., which came up for discussion at a recent Plan Commission meeting, do not in- clude 18 foot alleys. While the al- ley width for 172 N. Ada is unclear (the developer did not respond to requests for clarification), res- idents voiced concerns that the proposed alley width measures less than 18 feet. The Carpenter St. Continued on page 13 Continued on page 2 Graphic courtesy DePaul University The newly constructed Wintrust Arena will bring concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment to the Near South community. The $170 million facilty seats 10,000. CHICAGO

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