75th Street Boardwalk Being Removed From Chatham Business District After Neighbors Complain Of Rowdy Late-Night Crowds

CHATHAM — A boardwalk meant to give Chatham businesses a boost for outdoor dining season is being dismantled after a mass shooting nearby and complaints of loud music and rowdy behavior from late-night partiers.

The 75th Street boardwalk was created in September to help restaurants weather the pandemic, adding outdoor seating to places along 75th between Indiana and Calumet avenues. Places without patios like Brown Sugar Bakery and Lem’s Bar-B-Q, 311 E. 75th St., suddenly had a new way to draw in business.

But in recent weeks, neighbors began complaining about large crowds partying long after businesses closed. When a mass shooting nearby left five people dead on June 15, it was the final straw for some, who called for the boardwalk’s shutdown.

Nedra Sims-Fears, executive director of the Greater Chatham Initiative, said the group has already dismantled about 40 percent of the boardwalk. The rest will be gone by August, she said.

Niena Feme, a…

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