Area of Work: Housing and Community Development

Clients: Atrium Village Redevelopment Team (LaSalle Street Church, Holy Family Church, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Crane Construction and Security Properties, Inc.)

Years of Involvement: 2011 – Present

Challenge:

After more than 30 years of success as Chicago’s oldest – and one of the nation’s earliest – models for ethnically diverse and mixed income rental housing, Atrium Village is ready for a change. The Atrium Village Redevelopment Team is proposing to alter the configuration and density of housing on the site and add retail components to bring the development into alignment with 21st Century urban planning principles and design. The proposed reconfiguration has to address the concerns and demands of a variety of audiences during the process.

Approach:

To work with the Atrium Village Team throughout the redevelopment process as a partner in managing the community, media and government approval processes with the goal to attain full support from all sectors, and a positive public view of the redevelopment that not only assures success in the approval process but also builds a base to ensure a robust market for the development when it is completed.

Activities (select):

  • Act as strategic counsel in securing needed City approvals.
  • Manage community outreach process, including outreach to tenants, neighborhood institutions, neighborhood groups and conducting all required community meetings.
  • Assist building relationships with local elected officials, and other relevant elected officials, including those who serve at the county, state and national levels.
  • Organization of public meetings on various aspects of redevelopment plan.
  • Creation and management of all media relations
  • Responsible for the development and production of all written, audio-visual and web materials
  • Assume responsibility for all other desired communications, government and community relations activities as desired by the group.

Accomplishments (select):

  • Received Chicago City Council approval for the redevelopment of the site.
  • Execution of multi-tiered campaign to increase awareness, understanding and involvement in redevelopment process.
  • Successfully secure more than 20 community organizations and churches’ written support for the redevelopment.
  • Successful engagement of a wide range of stakeholders from every sector, including residents, government, community organizations and business partners, in the planning process, leading to widespread support for the planned redevelopment.
  • Creation of an organizational outreach infrastructure involving neighborhood churches, community, civic and social service agencies.
  • Creation of consistent messaging across all forms of outreach.
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