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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

Check out this positive article on Hamlin Park Neighborhood. HPN President, Charlie Beach, and HPAC President, Jodi Boutell, are featured with some great comments about improvements in the neighborhood. If you would like to get involved in Hamlin Park Neighbors or just keep up to date on what is going on, join our mailing list at www.hamlinpark.org. Share with your neighbors and together we can make a difference!!



The Latest on Lathrop Redevlopment

JUNE UPDATE: Neighbors Growing Frustratio‚Äčn With Lathrop Homes Redevelopm‚Äčent http://www.centersquarejournal.com/news/lathrop-homes

MAY UPDATE: Since the last Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Section 106 Consulting Party meeting in March, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Staff and Consultants have been working on their plan for the project to address City of Chicago planning comments, project financial viability as well as Historical Preservation.    At this time we do not have a projected date for the presentation of a plan to the Consulting Parties.  Once the CHA staff informs us they are ready to present this information, we will let everyone know approximately two weeks ahead of the next meeting.


MARCH UPDATE:  This deadline for presenting the latest development plans to the community has been extended with no clear timeline on when the next draft of plans will be ready for review and comment. We will communicate with you again as soon as we have information on the ongoing process.

In the meantime, the HPN Board has been very active behind the scenes to ensure that the voices of our HPN members/participants are heard as part of the process. We believe that it is critical to maintain an ongoing dialogue with Lathrop Community Partners, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and the Aldermen highlighting our concerns with the development plans proposed thus far. These concerns include but are not limited to density, traffic, preservation of existing buildings and community integration of the property.

We anticipate our next HPN community meeting to review and discuss this important topic will be held in April. We will communicate a date and time as soon as the schedule is solidified. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or comments.

Sincerely, Hamlin Park Board of Directors


JANUARY UPDATE:  MORE than 200 surveys were collected from a diverse cross-section of community residents. Result information on the three site-plan concepts has been collected. Recognizing the importance of keeping the community abreast of the process, CHA and LCP have prepared a summary of the survey results, which can be found at our website, www.lathropcommunity.org.

Input from Open House weekend suggested that the three-draft-plan strategy was confusing.  The CHA/LCP team will present one draft plan near the end of February that will consolidate all of the input it has received to date and gathered in the upcoming weeks through community organization discussions.  CHA is hopeful that this consolidated strategy eliminates distractions, while allowing the neighborhood a better understanding of the essential plan elements so that it can more readily contribute to the final product.  Please let the Hamlin Park Neighbors Board know what you think of this revised process.  Email us at info@hamlinpark.org



The goal of Hamlin Park Neighbors Association is to give the neighborhood a voice and forum to share ideas, identify concerns, and create plans to better our community.

Our first meeting on October 24th, 2011 drew over 70 people. At that first meeting, we heard about some of the issues that are of most concern to our neighbors and started taking steps to address them.  Issues currently being talked about and addressed include: improvements to Hamlin Park, condition of the dog park, Lathrop Homes revitalization and development, community schools, area crime and gang activity, and neighborhood safety. 

We aim to keep our community updated through as many channels as possible so that if you cannot attend the meetings you can still participate and stay involved.  Join our email distribution list, email us at info@hamlinpark.org,  "like" Hamlin Park Neighbors on Facebook, follow @hpneighbors on Twitter and visit this website often.

And just so this doesn’t sound like all work and no play, we are very interesting in bringing some fun to the community such as a farmers market, movies in the park, and holiday specific activities in the park just to name a few. Check back often for news about events in the park and around Lakeview. 

If this interests you, please become a member of Hamlin Park Neighbors and attend our meetings.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the New Life Church at the corner of Wellington & Damen at 7pm on Monday evenings.  (Hamlin Park Neighbors is not  a religion-based organization.  We thank Newlife Community Church for offering HPN a meeting venue.) 

Great things can happen within this community if we work together. Please join us!