Chicago Loop Alliance Announces State Street Corridor Plan - The Street's First Plan In 33 Years

Jennifer Keiper
January 14, 2020 - 7:38 am
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State Street vista (Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Plans are in the works to spruce-up State Street.

It has been more than 30 years since there was a plan for State Street to undergo a transformation.

Kalindi Parikh, Director of Planning at the Chicago Loop Alliance, told WBBM Newsradio there are many reasons why the time has come for changes to State Street.

"We're seeing the rise of neighboring mega-developments, introduction of new forms of mobility - like the rideshare and the scooters, maybe even autonomous vehicles coming up soon. We're seeing an increase in the number of Loop residents," Parikh said.

The Chicago Loop Alliance will meet this week to talk about scheduling community input meetings.

"In order to keep State Street really high-performing and an exciting main street for all Chicagoans, we need to do things to make sure that we're really meeting the needs of State Street, in the future, not State Street in 2020," Parikh said.

Parikh said some of the things they will address during this process include, "transportation and mobility, how do people use the street to get around, how do the neighborhoods actually connect through the State Street, urban design and aesthetics. What does the street look like and who does that say that it's welcome to, public space, retail and business mix."

The State Street Corridor Plan will be released in fall 2020. Site Design Group has been chosen to create the plan.