RFP issued for first phase of $10 million transit development project

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has launched the first phase of the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) grant program, a $10 million initiative for building near train stations and high-frequency bus corridors.

A request for proposals (RFP) was announced for technical assistance for the community groups and other organizations that will receive grant funding in 2023. The city is looking for an experienced organization who can create support structures for local, grassroots organizations and community groups planning development.

Projects that show a commitment to advancing health and racial equity and prioritize walkability and transit-orientation in their design will be prioritized for funding.

Projects can range from affordable housing developments to mixed-use developments with healthy food retail to community ownership business models and more.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 9 at noon.

The second phase of the program, launching next month, will provide grants and technical assistance to directly support dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development.

“By putting funding support behind the Connected Communities Ordinance, we are living our values by supporting developments that are accessible to all residents as well as catalytic for their communities. I look forward to seeing the communities’ proposals for more equitable and inclusive development come to reality through this funding,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

In October 2021, Elevated Chicago and the city selected 11 community projects to participate in an ETOD pilot program and provided micro-grant funding.

“The grants will help community stakeholders to shape their neighborhoods by improving walkability to corner stores, transit options, affordable housing, and other pedestrian-oriented amenities,” DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox said.

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