First Public Meeting for former Finkl site is Wednesday


Looking from the west, the connection would be made from beyond the <span>Ashland Ave. bridge stumps to the other side of the River,</span> under the highway and east.

There will be some visioning for the redevelopment of A. Finkl & Sons Co. site beginning in a public meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Wicker Park Bucktown Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee, at 6 p.m.

The possibilities of connecting the Bloomingdale Trail [The 606] across the River to Clybourn may be part of that discussion. 

"Taking the Bloomingdale Trail [The 606] to Clybourn has always been our dream," says Ben Helphand, a Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail leader from the beginning. He points out how great it would be to be able to bike across the Trail to your job in the new industrial park that is being planned on the former Finkl site. There is a small swing bridge that currently exists that at one point was used to cross the river.

The partnership of North Branch Works and the Delta Institute are planning for the future of the North Branch Industrial Corridor and surrounding areas. According to them, they wish to engage the neighbors in the change in the area needed to attract Planned Manufacturing District compatible businesses and employment opportunities. "The community will be engaged throughout a planning process that will strive to strengthen the Corridor and 30+ years of industrial retention, development policy, and investment by key community stakeholders," they say. 

With the Trust for Public Land, the City and the Chicago Park District in partnership for The 606, extending the connectivity of neighborhoods across the River appears a possibility with the redevelopment of the former Finkl site. "The holistic view people are taking for the area and the recognition that The 606 could be connected is gratifying," says Beth White, Chicago Region Director, Trust for the Public Land.

Wednesday's meeting will be the public's first chance to be part of the engagement process.



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