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Raise a glass. Build a Park. Come to the Summer Fund Raiser for Friends of West Edgewater Park Sunday, June 23. Marty's Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral Ave., 2-5 pm. Help in the greening of our new park on the site of the old Edgewater Medical Center. Marty's Martini Bar will donate profits of all drinks purchased from 2-5 pm, Sunday, June 23rd.

Raise a glass. Build a park.

Come to Marty’s Martini Bar on June 23rd at 2 PM for FoWEP’s 3rd Annual Summer Fundraiser.  We’ll be there between 2 and 5 sharing good drinks like the Parktini and talking about where things stand with the February 6th, 2013 offer — almost an entire acre for the Andersonville/West Edgewater neighborhood park — and how the site could be an excellent candidate for the adaptive reuse process.

Unlike the planned development proposal presented by Waveland Partners, which would demolish all of the existing structures on the site and put in their place the neighborhood park, 19 single-family homes, and a 12-story, mixed-use, commercial building with 214 rental apartments, Vea Cleary’s plan for an LGBTQ-friendly senior community relies on the adaptive reuse process.  In addition to a neighborhood park, Vea’s proposal also includes a range of community-accessible amenities such as a pool, fitness center, shops, and community meeting spaces.

At present only a few cities in the country have LGBTQ-friendly senior residences.  Here in Chicago, Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted broke ground in Lakeview on June 3rd on the Midwest’s first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable, senior, housing development.  Read more about this project, which includes the adaptive reuse of the historic 23rd District Town Hall Police Station, which was built in 1907, at these three links: (1) Windy City Media Group, (2) Archpaper, and (3) Architizer.  For more on the project in Lakeview use the search terms “gensler heartland housing”.

If you are not familiar with adaptive reuse, check out these two links: (1) Wikipedia, and (2) AdaptiveReuse.

Marty’s, which is located at 1151 W Balmoral Avenue, will donate 100% of the profit of all drinks served during the event to FoWEP.  Please let friends and neighbors know about it.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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We had another fun and profitable afternoon at Marty’s Martini Bar on May 20th.  Once again, owner Marty Rogo donated the profits from all drinks served between 2:00 to 5:00 that afternoon. We made $474 for our cause. Many thanks to Marty for hosting, and to everyone who stopped in.

Vea Cleary, a Master’s Candidate in Interior Design, was on hand to discuss her concept for renovating one of the Edgewater Medical Center buildings, transforming it into an LGBTQ-friendly seniors’ residence. The plan provides affordable housing and a range of community-accessible amenities, such as a pool, gym and a casual restaurant. Vea talked to almost everybody who walked through the door, generating lots of good buzz. Click here to see the banner she displayed showing her vision.

We also collected 15 signed letters asking Mayor Emanuel for his assistance with our project. We need his help to assure that the redevelopment plan for the former hospital site is balanced and includes a sizable neighborhood park. The letters are in the mail and on their way to his office.

Click the link below to see the letter. Please take a moment to print it, read it, sign it, and mail it to Mayor Emanuel.  Feel free to add remarks, or, if the letter inspires you to say something different–draft your own. Let Mayor Emanuel know his assistance would be greatly appreciated.  And if you hear back from him, please let us know what he said.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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