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Low-Line Project Design Ideas To Be Revealed At Community Meeting

By Jessica Cabe | September 15, 2017 6:11am | Updated on September 19, 2017 11:52am
 Community members are invited to offer feedback on design concepts for the Paulina and Ashland plazas, part of the Low-Line Project, at a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Luke Church Memorial Hall, 1500 W. Belmont Ave.
Paulina and Ashland Plazas
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LAKEVIEW — Get a first glimpse of what the Low-Line plazas under the Brown Line tracks at Ashland Avenue and Paulina Street could look like at a community meeting Tuesday.

The meeting, organized by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area 27, is 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke Church Memorial Hall, 1500 W. Belmont Ave.

Community members are invited to review and offer feedback on designs for the new public plazas, which are part of the Low-Line Project. The concepts incorporate ideas from the community that were gathered at a meeting in March as well as via online submissions.

The Low-Line project envisions a continuous half-mile walkway and garden that would connect Southport Avenue and Paulina Street. The project was introduced in the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan as a means of connecting the neighborhood’s subdistricts and beautifying the neighborhood.

Previous improvements have taken place at Southport, bringing new vibrancy to the popular Low-Line Market, and more work on that plaza is coming this fall. Low-Line plazas at Southport, Ashland and Paulina will be funded by the special service area — which levies an extra property tax in the area to pay for improvements — with the nonprofit Friends of Lakeview raising money to create pathways that will connect the plazas and complete the continuous walkway and gardens.

The community meeting is open to the public, but the chamber has asked for RSVPs here.