Neighborhood Spotlight: Streetscape Project in West Loop Embraces Local History

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Improved safety for drivers and pedestrians and drivers alike is on the horizon in Fulton Market.

Since March, work has been underway on phase 2 of streetscape modernization from Carpenter to Ogden in an attempt to make the thriving corridor safer and more pedestrian friendly.

While the orange barrels may cause temporary headaches, the efforts are part of the Fulton Market Streetscape Project, which seeks to upgrade the infrastructure of the historic area. Work on the first phase of the project, which was inspired by the community, was completed by the Chicago Department of Transportation in November of 2018.

“The historic Fulton Market symbolizes the rebirth of Chicago in the 21st century,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was at the groundbreaking of the new phase of work earlier this year. “The bustling market area that was Chicago’s economic engine in the 19th Century has been reborn and now powers the city’s techboom.”

The area known as the Fulton-Randolph Market District was designated as a Chicago Landmark by the City Council in 2015, aiding in the interest to invest in the area.

It is home to the West Loop Community Organization, which sponsors a weekly market known as the Fulton Market Expo (FMX), featuring local farmers, artists, and makers. Seasonally based at Fulton Market between Peoria and Green Streets, FMX stakes itself on a block that was first constructed in 1887 as the historical Fulton Street Wholesale Market.

What was then the headquarters of Chicago’s meatpacking consortium has evolved into a corridor bustling with world-class restaurants and businesses.

“(The modernization project sets) the stage for the continued advancement and development of the Fulton Market corridor,” siad Carla Agostinelli, executive director of WLCO, which has been supporting economic and community development in the neighborhood since 1991.

“The Fulton Market Streetscape Project is a great demonstration of CDOT’s Complete Streets approach to designing streetscapes  in cooperation with community stakeholders,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebeka Scheinfeld. “We’ve worked closely with residents and businesses in this thriving community to come up with a flexible design that accommodates the evolving land uses and preserves Fulton Market’s historic feel, while harnessing the creative energy that has blossomed in the neighborhood in recent years.”

Features of the project include granite cobbled intersections, attractive street furniture, new wider sidewalks, separate truck parking zones, and an overall design that enhances the industrial and historical character of the area.

“Fulton Market has been a vital part of the Kinzie Industrial Corridor for more than a century, and the streetscape project ensures it will serve the needs of local businesses for many decades to come,” said DPD Commissioner David Reifman.

The work that began in March of this year is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Welcome to West Loop: Welcome Home

Meanwhile at The Parker Fulton Market, we are thrilled about these improvements to the area we call home. Our history is at the heart of our relatively newly constructed building, which features odes to the neighborhood’s history throughout our common areas.

We embrace the details, not just in our history, but also in the finishes of our luxury apartment homes. Most feature breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline. We stand proud in our heritage.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, call or visit us online.

 

*Source, press release dated March 11, 2019 from the West Loop Community Organization

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