David St. Pierre, Met. Water Reclamation Dist. Exec, To Attend Meeting Targeting Neighborhood Eye Sore 6 P.M. Tuesday, March 10 at Bnei Reuven

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 David St. Pierre, Met. Water Reclamation Dist.  Exec,

To Attend Meeting Targeting Neighborhood Eye Sore

6 P.M. Tuesday, March 10 at Bnei Reuven

 

David St. Pierre, executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, has agreed to attend a community meeting called by JCCWRP aimed at eliminating a neighborhood eye sore and sparking redevelopment at the southeast corner of Devon and McCormick.

 

The open meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Congregation Bnei Reuven, 6350 N. Whipple in Chicago.  Community members are urged to attend.

 

For nearly a decade, the intersection of Devon and McCormick has been marred by a derelict expanse of land behind Lincoln Village that is controlled by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD).

 

MWRD is an independent state agency with an elected board of commissioners supported by tax dollars.

 

In December 2014, JCCWRP initiated a letter to MWRD board members that was signed by hundreds of rabbis and community leaders.   The letter demanded an end to policies that have allowed a blighted and abandoned movie theater, car wash and parking lot to degrade the area by attracting criminal activity and quashing efforts aimed to promoting commercial redevelopment.

 

North of Devon and south of Peterson, MWRD has helped to enhance neighboring communities with beautifications along the trail that runs from Green Bay Road to Lawrence Ave.

 

Peterson Park Improvement Association and Lincolnwood residents have worked cooperatively with JCCWRP on advocacy efforts aimed at securing comparable benevolent stewardship of MWRD property between Devon and Lincoln, at the hub of West Rogers Park, Peterson Park, and Lincolnwood.

 

“It’s time to transform this blight on our communities into a welcoming gateway,” said Howard Rieger, JCCWRP president.

 

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