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Arts Plaza Proposed for Lincoln Square

A new arts plaza would be developed in the North Side’s Lincoln Square through a financial proposal introduced to City Council recently by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city’s Department of Planning and Development announced.

Partly financed by $57,000 in Open Space Impact Fees, the Ainslie Arts Plaza would replace an underutilized, half block-stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Gunnison and Ainslie streets. The plaza would include planters, a festival tent, storage shed, fencing, picnic tables, murals, movable seating, hammocks, food truck parking, landscaping, signage and lighting.

The balance of the $87,000 project would be funded by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, which would maintain the site for use by local residents. Work is expected to be completed later this fall.

Open Space Impact Fees are generated by new residential development projects are earmarked to improve and expand public open spaces within the city’s 77 community areas. 

Photo credit: erstwhile.human from Ellenburg, Washington/Wikipedia.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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