The Fulton Market District’s evolution from meatpacking hub to vibrant mixed-use neighborhood took a significant step forward on Monday as city officials broke ground on the next phase of streetscape improvements, aimed at making the once truck-heavy area more pedestrian friendly.
The second phase builds off the success of the project’s progress transforming Fulton Market’s streetscape from the neighborhood gateway sign on Halsted to Carpenter Street. This next and final phase extends the scope west to Ogden Avenue.
The Chicago Department of Transportation-led effort will realign parking, widen sidewalks, and bring traffic-calming pavers of recycled granite to certain intersections. It will also add new landscaping, benches, bike racks, lighting, ADA-accessible ramps, and more clearly defined loading areas.
During construction, parking on this stretch of Fulton Market Street will be prohibited with periodic parking restrictions on some neighboring side streets. The road will remain open to motorists and pedestrians, and access to adjacent businesses and residences will be maintained, according to the city.
“The new streetscape is a major milestone in the redevelopment of Fulton Market, an area that was Chicago’s economic engine in the 19th century that has been reborn and is now powering the city’s tech and cultural boom,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.
Construction on the second phase of the Fulton Market Streetscape Project is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The combined cost of the entire project is $20 million, according to the city.