Street change could come to DePaul campus in Lincoln Park

  • A look at the proposed Kenmore woonerf at DePaul University.
A look at the proposed Kenmore woonerf at DePaul University. (handout )
October 07, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

City officials are trying to work with DePaul University to make a street safer for students without impacting drivers too much.

Kenmore Avenue between Fullerton and Webster avenues would be turned into what's called a "woonerf" under a plan that will be unveiled at a community meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

The plan for the "woonerf," which is a Dutch word for living yard, is to keep Kenmore open to vehicular traffic but designed in a way to allow cars to move slowly and a create public space to be used by pedestrians and cyclists, according to Ald. Michele Smith's (43rd) newsletter.

The street, which could be brick or cobblestone, would be reconstructed with a slight curve, bollards, and strategically placed landscaping and built-in seating to force traffic to go at slower speeds.

However, no parking would be allowed on this section of Kenmore. That means the loss of 47 on-street parking spaces in an already congested and parking-challenged neighborhood. The newsletter said DePaul would provide 24-hour access to parking lots and structures.

The university would be responsible for paying the cost to reconstruct the woonerf but the city and DePaul would both maintain the street.

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