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Neighborhood Update: July 2013

Dear Neighbors,

Ability Institute of RIC - under construction - July 2013Construction on the Ability Institute of RIC began on Monday, July 22nd. The Ability Institute of RIC will be located at 355 East Erie Street, two blocks south of RIC’s current building, and is scheduled to open in early 2017.

As construction gets underway, we wanted to give you some information that may be helpful:

  • Barricades will be installed at the edge of the parking lanes on E. Erie St. and E. Ontario St. and adjacent to the edge of the sidewalk on N. McClurg Ct. No traffic lanes will be taken; however sidewalks will be closed on the south side of E. Erie St., the north side of E. Ontario St. and the west side of N. McClurg Ct.
  • The trees adjacent to the site on the south side of Erie will be removed. Once construction is complete, we will replace these trees, and also plant trees on Ontario Street and N. McClurg Ct. In addition, new planters and landscaping will be installed to enhance the public way.
  • The CTA bus stop for routes 120/121 that was previously located on E. Ontario St. in front of the site will be removed for the duration of the project. During this time, riders are encouraged to use nearby stops located at N. McClurg Ct. and E. Huron St., or at N. Fairbanks Ct. and E. Ohio St.
  • Typical construction hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to early evening. Work on Sundays may also occur as required for timely completion of the project. All dates & times are City of Chicago permit and weather dependent. The work will be performed consistent with all City of Chicago permit and Code requirements (including noise restrictions).
  • Staging of trucks will not occur within Streeterville. The construction traffic will be staged outside the area, such as in the suburbs, at truck stops and along expressway feeder ramps. When the trucks are required, they will be radioed in for just in time delivery and therefore, reduce the impact on surrounding streets.

Throughout construction, we will continue to coordinate with Alderman Reilly’s office, the City of Chicago, and neighboring institutions to try to mitigate the construction impacts on local residents.

In addition, we will send regular email updates with pertinent construction information. Please feel free to forward these messages to others and encourage them to be added to our email database by contacting me at the email or phone below.

If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me at mhoffmann@ric.org or 312-238-7522.

Thank You,

Melissa Hoffmann
RIC Community Relations Liaison