What’s Next For Park Morton

Empty units at Park Morton are being boarded up

I’m frequently asked for an update on the expected development at Park Morton. As one might expect, this has increased now that The Avenue is finished and fully rented out.

Even though I’ve been staying as informed about this as possible, even I have more questions that answers at this point. The only thing definitive I’ve been able to get out of civic leaders is that Park Morton is “progressing, but awaiting [a] definite timetable.”

However, it appears that one thing I heard in passing may actually be true. I was told a little while back that as units in Park Morton became vacant new residents were not moving in … and in walking around the development this past weekend that did appear to be the case. Many units were apparently empty and completely boarded up.

I know that the residents who live the closest to the development are anxious to see it move forward. The best I can tell you is that I’ll continue to nag all involved until more definitive information is available.

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10 Comments on “What’s Next For Park Morton”

  1. JM Says:

    Isn’t the plan that most or all of the current residents will move to The Avenue? That implies there should be a 1:1 between households leaving Park Morton and The Avenue gaining new residents. Is that what’s happening? I’d hate to see some snafu where The Avenue fills up with new low income residents who weren’t at Park Morton, thereby derailing the redevelopment of the old complex.

  2. Josh Murray Says:

    Hello Kent…. Well i heard and read a while back that park morton residents would move to the avenue building and then they would completely gut the whole park morton complex and add all new town houses and then move people back that way but just a couple weeks ago i heard differently one of the managers that work at the avenue told me that the whole building is completed filled and anybody that wanted to move in from park morton would have to wait on a waiting list and for the next building they build so now i am really lost because i’ve heard about 15 different stories from us getting new town homes to us being able to move out with pay but now i am lost because i had my plans set on moving into the avenue before next year but now i am on some waiting list that is keeping me around park morton longer than i wanted to be… Kent if you can please help me and the rest of the residents and find out some valuable information that would be great because i thought majority of the units in that building were for park morton residents but now i am starting to think it all was a lie or something around that because i don’t see any park morton residents talking about moving around there i hear people saying that not trying too and everytime i called the management office up at the avenue they had so much attitude and wasn’t helpful at all so now i am lost because i wanna move and this whole park morton thing is holding me back because if they going to build town houses than i can wait it out but if they going to give me the run around forever then i am going to just look else where.

  3. Tom Gallo Says:

    Look elsewhere

  4. Cliff Says:

    I was the chairman of ANC1A when the plan was passed. What Josh says above it correct. Specifically, they said residents from 3 buildings would be moved into the Avenue or other units in PM. Those 3 buildings would be demolished in October so they could begin the first phases of the project.

    Kent, you need to make hay about this unless we want them to abandon their plans and come back with who knows what. If the neighborhood is quiet and letting them move on then they have no motivation to stick to what they said.

    • Kent Says:

      I’ve continued to press this issue with the city, councilmember, and developer. I’m certainly not going to let anyone off the hook on this one.

    • Josh Murray Says:

      @Cliff – I am getting annoyed because people from PM have moved around to the avenue but they didn’t stick to what they said at first and basically the whole avenue is filled up well that’s at least what the manager told me at the avenue so he said we can sit on some waiting list for what i don’t know but i feel like my choices are slim because my family doesn’t have any case manger anymore. HOU closed down around park morton so me and my family are basically stuck right now just waiting to see what will happen from this point on.

  5. K Says:

    If they weren’t moving folks into the Avenue from PM then why are there so many recent empty boarded up units at PM? I agree that this has been a less than transparent process I agree with JM that hopefully they are relocating residents because it was supposed to be a 1:1. Right now it appears they may be adding residents from elsewhere and not bothering with PM which is not good.

  6. Josh Murray Says:

    @Cliff – I am getting annoyed because people from PM have moved around to the avenue but they didn’t stick to what they said at first and basically the whole avenue is filled up well that’s at least what the manager told me at the avenue so he said we can sit on some waiting list for what i don’t know but i feel like my choices are slim because my family doesn’t have any case manger anymore. HOU closed down around park morton so me and my family are basically stuck right now just waiting to see what will happen from this point on.


  7. […] While movement on the main complex still seems painfully slow, empty units at Park Morton are being boarded up rather than occupied. In any event, the Avenue is a great addition to the area even if there is […]

  8. Cassandra Jackson Says:

    So am I.


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