Chicago: As part of his ongoing plan of economic development in the 50th Ward, Alderman Berny Stone opened a major commercial project — six-level multi-purpose parking garage — on the corner of Devon and Rockwell here on February 15.
Community leaders and local residents attended the opening of the garage complex that will also have seven retail stores, an upscale restaurant, and residential units. The new garage area has more than 230 parking spaces, providing residents and visitors with much needed parking options.
“The residents and shoppers on Devon Avenue have wanted a parking garage for years, and this commercial development will help our local economy grow,” said Alderman Stone. “People come from all over the world to shop at Devon Avenue, and now they will have more choices of where to park.”
The project has been years in the making, and community members have been looking forward to the grand opening. “We need this parking garage. Business is booming on Devon Avenue and it’s been hard to find parking because of all the shoppers,” said local business leader Inder Deve. “The parking garage will help local businesses.”
Local residents like Imran Khan are looking forward to more parking being available too. “We have wanted a parking garage for as long as I can remember, be-cause that means the people who live here will be able to park their vehicles more easily.”
In recent years, Devon Avenue has been showcased as an example of successful economic development and multi-cultural businesses growth. The diverse business and residential communities in the area include Indians, Pakistanis, Jews among other ethnic groups.