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Apr16

ISU Grad Christine Cuartero Founds Service Club at North River Elementary

Check out this article about a local teacher working hard to "provide students with a better understanding of their leadership skills through community volunteerism." 

www.teacherpipeline.illinoisstate.edu/news/isu-grad-christine-cuartero-founds-service-club-at-north-river-elementary.aspx

 
Apr05

LADCOR / Economic Development Meeting held on Thursday April 17th, 2014

 
The 3rd Floor conference room at Albany Bank and Trust was filled for the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation (LADCOR) Community Meeting on Economic Development where attendees, which included business owners, landlords, property owners, and community activists representing churches, civic associations, non-profits and schools discussed planned and new developments, and envisioned the cleaner and brighter commercial corridor. 
 
Special guests were State Representative Jaime Andrade, Alderman Deb Mell of the 33rd Ward, Alderman Rey Colon of the 35th Ward, Representative of Alderman Margaret Laurino of the 39th Ward and Amy Meadows, Principal of Windows Matters. Other special guests were Shelby Bremmer, Legislative Aide to State Representative Jaime Andrade; Dana Fritz, Chief of Staff to Alderman Deb Mell; Ryan Cowden, Aldermanic Assistant to Alderman Deb Mell; and Martha Ramos, Chief of Staff to Alderman Rey Colon. 
 
 
Meeting attendees discussed updates on key developments such as: Foster Ave Library (opening August 2014;) Thai Town (opening June 2014;) North Park University's Johnson Center (opening Fall semester 2014;) Lawrence Avenue to be designated as a P Street and the acquisiton of the vacant lot on Kedzie Avenue (also known as the old Kentucky Fried Chicken) by Mir Naghavi, owner of Noon O Kabob. Other discussions were had regarding Special Service Area #60 (Albany Park & Irving Park;)NRC's Economic Development program working with Windows Matter to bring visual merchandising to the Albany Park's Commercial Corridor. This program is supported by a $10k grant from Local Initiavites Support Corporation (LISC) for storefront renovations. 
 
Special thanks to Albany Bank and Trust Company for hosting us !
 
Did you miss this meeting? Are you interesting in connecting to a project or an issue area? Please contact Carla M. Agostinelli, Director at cagostinelli@northrivercommission.org or at 773.478.0202x116.
 
 
 
Apr09

New Business Owners Say Bryn Mawr a Good Place to Invest

Midori’s, the Outdoor Café, Java & Mug, Sergio’s, Davis Cleaners, the Korean Fruit Market, and the Art Zone have long been strong anchors for the Hollywood-North Park business district which runs along Bryn Mawr Avenue between Kimball and Kedzie, but business closings in recent years left a number of vacant storefronts scattered throughout the 2 block stretch.  Today it looks like things are changing again—for the better.
 
Offerings at Kabab Grill
 
The Kabab Grill, a Middle Eastern restaurant offering a range of traditional appetizers, salads, sandwiches and, of course, shish kabob--all at very reasonable prices--recently relocated to 3222 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue.  "We were looking for a new location, and Bryn Mawr looked like a good place to invest," explained owner Kamel Botres. 
 
The Kabab Grill delivers and caters. They also offer a private party room which seats up to 100 people. (We tried the hummus plate, baba ghanoug, beef shawerma, kefta kabob and chicken kabob. The ingredients were very fresh and the food was delicious.) 
 
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One block east, Phil Wright came to a similar conclusion. "We looked at many places, and Bryn Mawr felt right. There are good restaurants and it is a good neighborhood," says Wright, a cabinet-maker who recently opened the Woodwork Laboratory at 3314 W. Bryn Mawr.  In addition to custom cabinet making, the Woodwork Laboratory offers furniture repair and restoration and picture framing. "I’m good at keeping costs down while still delivering quality work," Wright says.  He also offers one-on-one instruction and group classes.
 
 
On the southside of Bryn Mawr, work is underway to open a new day care center. And, just west of Kimball, Northeastern Illinois University is planning to build a new residence hall and other facilities.
 
"Bryn Mawr can be a great neighborhood business district," says Judie Simpson, president of the Hollywood North Park Community Association (HNPCA), "and we are really happy to see new businesses locating here." HNPCA is working with Alderman Laurino’s office to fill the remaining storefronts and to encourage outdoor dining along Bryn Mawr.
 

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