This Wednesday, concerned residents of the Rogers Park’s 49th Ward marched from Jarvis Station to Alderman Moore’s office. The march was organized by the Rogers Park Community Benefits Coalition, in hopes to get Alderman Moore to sign the Rogers Park Community Benefits Agreement and to resolve the issues evolving from the private construction of Target, as well as Three Corners Development, which Alderman Moore approved on public land in Rogers Park.
Residents are worried that the new development will hurt seniors and local businesses, as well as gentrify the neighborhood. The Agreement calls on Alderman Moore to establish community benefits that will come from this new development. These include providing jobs to local residents, employee benefits, protection for local businesses, and amenities for seniors. According to the Rogers Park Community Benefits Coalition, the proposed Agreement also includes local hiring and living wages, support of senior citizens, as well as affordable and accessible family housing.
“Families help make Rogers Park strong. The new Target’s grocery section will undercut our local businesses, such as Devon Market and Morse Fresh Market and lead to these businesses’ closure, as Go Grocer across the street closed shortly after the Concord on Sheridan started construction. The development eliminates current green space at the Caroline Hedger Senior Apartments building. There will be many future projects that will require similar attention and actions as long as Alderman Joe Moore continues favoring developers over his resident constituents,” said Bill Morton, President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce.