A Green Idea

If you own a single-family home or a 2-4 multi-unit in the City of Chicago, the City wants to encourage you to disconnect your roof downspouts, so as to relieve the storm-sewer system with as much water as we’re getting.

The act of disconnecting is relatively easy, but it should be done carefully and with some fore-thought. What you want to avoid is having storm water seep into your basement, because the downspout is not putting the water flow out far enough from the building foundation. Ideally the property has enough yard space to absorb the water. How great would it be to not have to water the yard as much in the Summer, because the yard gets all the water it needs from nature itself? Pretty great.

Here is a link to City pages, which spell out this idea in more detail:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/water/supp_info/conservation/downspout_disconnection.html

Here is a link to some history on the City’s storm sewer system:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_and_Reservoir_Plan

Thank you, to Anna S Jacobson, who prompted me to write this post.

https://www.michaelearley.info/deeptunnel/e22ba826d

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2418 w Jarvis Ave

Closed Amount: $443,900

Closed Date: AUG 31, 2018

Location: 2418 w Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645, West Ridge

Property Type: Two to Four Units, 4 BR, 3 BA

Sale Note(s): FHA loan, $12,000 credit at closing

5449 n Spaulding Ave

Closed Amount: $440,000

Closed Date: FEB 20, 2018

Location: 5449 n Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, North Park

Property Type: Two to Four Units, 9 BR, 3 BA

Sale Note(s): Extra-wide two-flat with large bedroom sizes, pretty well-maintained over the years, blocks away from Northside College Prep.

3033 n Troy Street

Closed Amount: $480,000

Closed Date: JUL 5, 2017

Location: 3033 n Troy Street, Chicago, IL 60618, Avondale

Property Type: Two to Four Units, 4 BR, 3 BA

Sale Note(s): #1 of multiple offers, negotiated $10,000 credit from Seller

3830 n Damen Ave

Closed Amount: $750,000

Closed Date: FEB 22, 2017

Location: 3830 n Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618, North Center

Property Type: Two to Four Units, 5 BR, 2 BA

Sale Note(s): Provided Seller with post-closing possession, beat out six other offers

4815 n Fairfield Ave

Closed Amount: $375,000

Closed Date: MAY 21, 2012

Location: 4815 n Fairfield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, Lincoln Square

Property Type: Two to Four Units, 8 BR, 4 BA, Legal Three Flat

Sale Note(s): Short Sale Purchase, Investor Buyer,  7 months contract to close