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Around Rogers Park: Elevation Lofts Leasing Up


RPBG Director and developer, Jay Johnson, reports that his Elevation Lofts building at 1531 West Howard Street is now complete and well on its way to achieving full occupancy. As last reported, the building has leased 27 of 38 units (71%) and continues to generate traffic and interest.

 

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Around Rogers Park: The Challenges of Running a Business during the Pandemic - Sol Café


Simone Freeman opened Sol Café in the Howard Theater building in the winter of 2012. The building is owned by Jay Johnson, founding member of RPBG. Like all restaurants and bars, Sol Café had to shut its doors in late March, due to Governor Pritzker’s “shelter in place” order.

 

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Around Rogers Park: Cuetzala Gro Restaurant Reopens


Block Club Chicago reports the heartwarming story of the tragedy that befell Saul Moreno – owner of Cuetzala Gro restaurant at 7360 North Clark Street – and what happened to his restaurant after his death. According to Block Club, Mr. Moreno died of the COVID-19 virus on April 15, devastating his family and seemingly putting to an end the fifteen-year run of his restaurant on North Clark Street.

 

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Around Rogers Park: Gun Violence Increases in 2020


Since the beginning of the year, and especially since the start of the pandemic, Chicago has experiencied a significant increase in gun violence and homicides. According to an article in the New York Times, Chicago has had 336 murders through July 2 compared to 492 murders in all of 2019.

 

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Coronavirus World – Adjusting to the New Reality


Remember restaurants, theaters, going to the movies, book club, poker night, backyard cookouts with the neighbors – da Cubs, da Bears, da Bulls? Remember commuting to work? For that matter (for far too many of us), remember work?

 

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Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste


Tough times can bring out the best and the worst in people. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the two.

 

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Interview with Daniel K. Hertz


He has only been working for the City of Chicago Department of Housing (DoH) since September of last year. But you wouldn’t know it from his deep knowledge of housing policy or the important role he plays with the Inclusionary Zoning Review process that began late in 2019. An important element in this review is the work currently being done by a 20-member Task Force assembled to make recommendations for how to revamp the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). This is just one part of a multi-prong effort to study ways to make inclusionary zoning more effective in Chicago.

 

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COVID-19 – Valuation Perspective

 

 

Lenders, owners and buyers are all asking the same question. What is my property worth now that COVID-19 has hit? Right now, honestly, the best answer is – no one really knows.

 

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Greg Jones, New RPBG Director


For anyone who has been a regular participant in the Rogers Park Builders Group monthly meetings (you might have to strain your brain to recall those much-missed, actual gatherings of our members), then you may very well have chatted with Greg Jones who recently became a Director. In a group with a lot of extroverts, Greg stands out as being especially outgoing, friendly and always up for a good conversation with other members.

 

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As I See It: A Rent Strike Would Make a Bad Situation Worse

 

 

Some housing advocates are urging all renters, regardless of their financial circumstances, to forego paying rent during this crisis.

 

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Ups and Downs - Spring 2020

 


It’s still kind of hard to believe how quickly and completely the world has changed, harder still that this change has all occurred in the space of less than two months. We’d been hearing about the mysterious coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan since the beginning of the year. But, like a lot of news these days, it sounded like something far away and abstract – somebody else’s problem – or so we thought.

 

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