A short agenda for Monday’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate meeting includes two big sales from the Chicago Board of Education, an amendment to the Municipal Code regarding rule-making to preserve single room occupancy housing, and other routine sales and lease agreements.

Board of Education Sales: Three agenda items involve sales by the Chicago Board of Education totaling $782,000. The largest is the $635,000 sale of a 5,200 sq.ft. parking lot from the Board to Park One/Dearborn Parking. The  Board says the lot is no longer needed for school purposes. The property can’t be used for K-12 public, charter, or tuition fee school purposes for 40 years from the date of the deed. The Board is also looking to sell an older, two story red brick school building at 115 W. 108th St. in the 34th ward to Holy Ghost Cathedral for $3,000. There aren’t current plans to redevelop, and the building is in poor condition. And an empty lot at 5221-5229 S. Prairie Ave. is going for $144,000 to Washington Park Development Group, LLC, who currently has no plans to redevelop.

Redevelopment Area Sales: Negotiated sales of three city-owned sites in redevelopment areas are slated for sale, totaling $125,000:

  • The $5,000 sale of a vacant lot in the Chicago/Central Park Redevelopment Project area to The Anawim, a homeless shelter.
  • The $20,000 sale of a lot in the South Chicago Redevelopment Area to The Lights of Honor International, a non-profit.
  • The $100,000 sale of a lot in the Division/Homan Redevelopment Project Area to Richard and Susan Karwowski, who plan to landscape the open space.

Municipal Code Amendment: Ald. Walter Burnett (27) introduced an ordinance to amend the City’s Municipal Code to give the Commissioner of Planning and Development explicit authority to implement rules concerning the preservation of single room occupancy (SRO) housing.