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The Humboldt LIT Community Benefits Agreement
Summary: The $50 million development of the Humboldt LIT (Loft Innovation Terminal) by IBT Group LLC, located on 6 acres at 1334 N. Kostner Ave, will bring catalytic change to the West Side. Nobel Neighbors, a 35 year old community organization that serves Humboldt Park between North Ave, Division St., Pulaski Rd., and Kostner Ave believes in community planning and community control over development. The following commitments, when agreed by the developer, will assure a collaborative relationship between the development team and residents. It make certain that long-term prosperity is driven by the long-term neighbors, businesses and stakeholders who have invested in our community for generations.
- The majority of the 800 permanent jobs brought to the neighborhood through Humboldt LIT will be marketed towards and go to residents from Nobel Neighbors’ service area, the 37th Ward, and the far West Side.
- All jobs in and through Humboldt LIT will be living wage jobs.
- A number of jobs will be set aside for hard to employ populations such as ex-offenders, youth, seniors, and the longtime unemployed from Nobel Neighbors’ service area, the 37th Ward and the far West Side. The number will be determined through collaboration with Nobel Neighbors, the 37th Ward and other far West Side stakeholders.
- Humboldt LIT’s marketing plan and outreach, through IBT Group LLC, Cawley Chicago and Mauge, Inc. will be retooled to reach out to and secure local Black and Brown creatives, non-profits, small businesses, makers, tech entrepreneurs and startups to lease out space in the development, as tenants. All tenants secured from the Nobel Neighbors service area, the 37th Ward, and the far West Side will be entitled to a lease less than the NW City submarket for office space ($25 SF.) and warehouse space ($5.42 SF).
- A percentage of local minority and women contractors/laborers from the Nobel Neighbors service area, the 37th Ward and the far West Side will be used for the 125 temporary construction jobs created through this redevelopment. Participation will be above the city requirement of 26% for Minority Owned Businesses, 6% for Women Owned Businesses and will include VBEs and BEPDs.
- A Humboldt LIT: Construction Opportunity Fair for minority and women contractors and skilled laborers will be held at a local elementary school or high school.
- Current commercial tenants of the property will have the “right of first refusal”, meaning that they will be given the opportunity to sign a formal lease or extend their lease at their current rent rates and less than NW City submarket rate after the first year. This will prevent displacement of current commercial tenants en masse.
- The developer will ensure that this redevelopment happens without ultimately displacing current residents or businesses. This will be ensured through ongoing engagement with Nobel Neighbors and other stakeholders.
- The developer will support local and city policy initiatives that keep housing, commercial, and industrial space affordable in the surrounding neighborhood.
- Quarterly reports will be provided to Nobel Neighbors and Alderman Mitts to monitor hiring, marketing and leasing commitments. This will ensure communication and accountability for all residents and stakeholders.
- These commitments will be in addition to the benefits outlined under Social Impact in IBT Group LLC and its partners’ Executive Summary sheet.
Three weeks ago the world was horrified by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. We condemn this public lynching and come against state sactioned violence against black bodies in our community, city, nation, and world. We condemn the sickness of white supremacy that continues to infect people and institutions and destroy our black neighbors and neighborhoods. The Board of Nobel Neighbors feels anger, disgust, sadness, shock, and lament.
Sadly, the pain we are experiencing is nothing new. Systemic racism has gone on far too long unchecked. Our service area and the whole West Side has been under the scourge of white supremacy for decades, beginning with redlining, contract-buying, white flight and disinvestment, the loss of our manufacturing base, the over-criminalization, policing, and incarceration of our black and brown youth, the continual denial of standard mortgages, the allowance of subprime mortgages, and now the specter of gentrification. Nobel Neighbors has been here for over 35 years working to confront the effects of this insidious system.
As an organization that serves the West Humboldt Park community, we affirm, unequivocally, that black lives matter. As a black and Latino community we affirm black and brown solidarity. Our black neighbors matter and they are created in the image of God. The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor.
Here are some ways we commit ourselves as an organization to love our black neighbors:
•We will invest in more community organizing.
•We will invest in youth leadership building; we will listen and be led by our youth.
•We will add more black and Latino/a members to our board to reflect our community.
•We will learn from and collaborate with organizations that have created new models of public safety.
•We will fight against displacement and for community control over development.
Let us continue to dialogue about our relationships with law enforcement. Hopefully, Nobel Neighbors can help create a bridge for our community to be heard, not neglected. Be it politics or law enforcement, we will continue to provide CAPS meeting dates, aldermanic meetings, community events, and any resources that will benefit our West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
The Board of Nobel Neighbors
Thank you to Maria at the 25th District for sharing available resources.
Hey Neighbors did you know that there was a proposed 50 million dollar project in our community? The Project is called Humboldt Park LIT and the potential location is 1334 North Kostner. The developers will be discussing the project at Alderman Mitts community meeting this Thursday at 6pm 4926 West Chicago Ave For details about the project check out the link
We urge ALL stakeholders to attend to hear about the project and what this may mean for the community.
It was a cold and rainy day but we are Chicagoans and the weather does not stop us! Nobel Neighbors and the community gathered together for their final event of the 2019 3G Series. They have been gardening, gathering and guiding all Summer. They gathered together for the History comes alive event. Participants were encouraged to dress as a historical figure. We had some dress as teachers, builders and famous photographers. Attendees were treated to beef hotdogs, chips, juice and of course treats. Neighbors had the chance to fellowship and build community together. We would like to thank the Chicago Community Trust for providing grant funds for us to take steps to build a safer community.