Marty’s Martini Bar – 1151 W Balmoral Ave
It was so much fun last fall we wanted to do it again. Help turn the site of the former Edgewater Medical Center into much needed park space for the whole Andersonville/West Edgewater communnity to enjoy. On Sunday, May 20th, between 2 and 5 PM have another Parktiniwith friends and neighbors at Marty’s Martini Bar – 1151 W Balmoral Ave. Once again Marty’s is donating 100% of the profit of all drinks served during that time to Friends of West Edgewater Park. Marty’s has an expansive selection of wine and liquor, as well as non-alcohol beverages. Thirsty for more news about what is happening with the site, stop by with family, friends, and neighbors for a drink and an update. Please share this announcement either by forwarding the email or by telling your friends and neighbors about the event.
- Vea Cleary, a long time resident of Edgewater and current master’s candidate in interior design at Harrington College of Design, will be there to talk with those who would be interested in hearing about her bold ideas for a re-design of the Edgewater Medical Center site. What does Vea propose? Renovate one of the site’s buildings, partner it with a next generation building, locate in them an LGBTQ elders residential community center with affordable housing and a range of community-accessible amenities–pool, fitness center, shops–and set about them a neighborhood park. Again, Vea, whose thesis has to do with community-driven exterior and interior design processes, is looking forward to the opportunity to talk with community members about her ideas, so do stop by.
- Would you like to write a letter to Mayor Emanuel, but don’t have the time to craft one? We will have a letter there. You can sign and we’ll mail it for you.
- Are you interested in getting involved, but don’t want to get overwhelmed? If you could do just one specific task, we’d love to hear from you.
- Did you know on March 12th Mayor Emanuel announced a citywide, $290 million, five year plan “to complete more than 800 projects in parks, recreational areas and green spaces in neighborhoods across the city.” and that then on March 29th in prepared remarks announcing a $7 billion investment in our city’s infrastructure he further defined his goals:
We have to renew the parks that root us in our neighborhoods. These investments mean that in five years, every Chicagoan will live within a 10-minute-walk to an improved neighborhood park. Our parks and playgrounds will be catalysts for stronger communities and a better quality of life for all of Chicago’s families.
This Just In
It is our understanding Alderman O’Connor is calling a community meeting regarding the EMC property for Thursday, June 7th at 7pm at the Bingo Hall at St. Gregory’s. This should be a significant meeting because not only are the two partners from Waveland Partners–the development firm hired by the EMC Bankruptcy Estate to put together a marketing plan for the EMC property–scheduled to be there, but also because in December of 2011 the law firm representing the EMC Bankruptcy Estate requested of the bankruptcy court an extension of the time it has to resolve the bankruptcy from December 31, 2011 till June 29, 2012. Save the date: June 7th at 7 P.M. More to follow soon.