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Apr 24 / Neal

NAZDAC Seeks Committee Members From Galewood

The following was submitted by NAZDAC:

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

NAZDAC (North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee) is seeking one or more new committee members who own commercial/multi-family residential real estate or have experience developing such properties, and who live in Chicago’s Galewood neighborhood (North Avenue north to Armitage, and Austin west to Harlem).

If you’re a Galewood resident with development experience, please consider making a real difference by joining NAZDAC. You can contact NAZDAC chair Judith Alexander for more information: 708-772-3702; opfolk@comcast.net.

Background on NAZDAC

NAZDAC is an independent, politically neutral committee, formed in 2013 to promote the revitalization of North Avenue between Austin and Harlem. We represent the interests of residents living north and south of North Avenue and currently have six members:  three Galewood residents and three residents of north Oak Park. Our members include a former commercial construction manager, an IT specialist, a former marketing executive, a public architect, a real estate lawyer, and an urban planner. Three of us are also co-founders of local neighborhood organizations. We meet on the last Monday of each month for about 90 minutes.

NAZDAC is working toward a North Avenue business district that serves the residents living in proximity and provides a safe, inviting place to shop, dine and walk. We seek to promote existing quality businesses and attract new ones. We also deal with businesses that do not serve residents and degrade the appeal of North Avenue, and try to prevent such businesses from opening in the first place.

Since our founding, NAZDAC has advocated for a comprehensive North Avenue revitalization study and  completion of the streetscape (which now extends from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue) all the way east to Austin (as originally planned). Our advocacy resulted in a $225,000 study grant from the IL Department of Transportation, and the south side of North Avenue has been spruced-up as well. Our support helped Sergio’s Place restaurant (6966 W. North Ave. in Chicago) overcome zoning problems and obtain a liquor license.  We also pushed successfully to close a public nuisance business that was operating illegally (Smoker’s Stop, in Oak Park’s Ridge/Oak strip mall). Largely due to our efforts, a nightclub called Behind Close Doors was prevented from opening (at 6206 W. North Ave. in Chicago).

Thank you!

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