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mission Our goal is to offer scalable solutions for environmental and social issues in Illinois. Our mission is to help children in as many ways as possible, and we see value in re-greening, reforesting and restoring large parcels of derelict, abandoned land, while combining the benefits of offering large greenspaces to children, families and schools in neighborhoods lacking fun, clean and green spaces. Our business plan proposal is designed to promote the long-term prosperity and health of Cook County and specifically Pullman/Ward 34 & Wayne IL through the reforesting/re-greening of unused, vacant land owned by the City of Chicago, Cook County or the state of Illinois.

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who we are Grant Ferguson.

A technology and managerial professional with 24 years of international experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. After focusing on the Anixter Center non-profit for 8 years he has launched FergusonCares org

Tom McPheron.

A lifelong Chicago resident Tom McPheron is a public relations and communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in international charities and public health organizations.

Craig Ferguson.

Craig Ferguson brings valuable international experience to FergusonCares org, with over 25 years of large scale managerial and engineering expertise, gained throughout Africa & Asia, working for Clyde Bergemann Africa & the global giant, GEA Group.

what we do access to food: mobile soup kitchen organic greenhouses sanctuary short-term for homeless families access to clean water urban forests + parks land remediation old Dutch boy site land conservation Brewster creek. Page 2 of 6


environmental + community projects at a glance

Old Dutch Boy remediation

Project Description: The site referred to as "the old Dutch Boy site" by local residents and the City of Chicago, gets its name from the Dutch Boy company which owned & operated a paint plant until 1976, when it abandoned the plant. In 1980, the site was donated to Goodwill Industries, and it turn sold to various land developers concluding with the site having stood vacant and abandoned for over 30 years.

Site status: Current owner: City Of Chicago. Closing meetings between the City of Chicago, Ferguson Cares and

Weaver Consulting concludes soon, with Ferguson Cares taking ownership of the parcel and beginning development of the eco-forest in mid-2018.

Site specifications: Size: 5 acres | Address: 12000 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60643

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Dutch Boy South-Side eco-tourism

Our proposal includes the additional of several green initiatives designed to market The area as a seasonal eco-forest with 2-4 net-zero off-grid eco-cabins and a net zero organic greenhouse. New South-Side green initiatives in the Pullman area attracting revenue, interest and regular paid tours area conferences and companies.

1. Method green manufacturing factory 2. the City Solar clean energy project 3. Gotham Greens two massive greenhouses

Increased tourism and municipal revenues: Parks & forests attract visitors. Due to its 5 acre size, our eco-forest + organic food farm can draw visitors from near and far, bringing tourism revenue to local restaurants, hotels and stores. Increased transformation of the local area: Success will allow us to replicate the formula, to transform more surrounding land for the public.

Increased native vegetation

Increased community health: Our eco-forest will increase community health and happiness, giving local residents increased access to the playgrounds, fresh vegetables, walking paths and more. Our transformed urban forest will encourage increased exercise, community activity and participation. In addition our eco-forest, with increased vegetation will reduce local air pollution by absorbing pollutants and reduce storm water damage & costs Features: • • • • • • •

5000 sq. ft. organic greenhouse Community gardens Wildflower gardens for bee and butterfly population recovery Walking and bike paths (handicapped accessible) Rain gardens recycling and reusing water +2000 new trees Playground equipment

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400 square feet eco-cabins


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our partners

logistics + resources budget

staff

donations $5000 assets $105 000 ecostore $1000

full-time unpaid 1 part-time unpaid 2 volunteer 5-10 community service - youth 1

contact information

FergusonCares d/b/a fcAmerica ngo 1128 Gardner Rd Westchester, IL, 60154 904-382-4733 wwww.fergusoncares.org www.5acreforest.com

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SOURCE: IMAGE ADAPTED FROM GOOGLE EARTH IMAGERY DATED APRIL 2017. COPYRIGHT © 2018 WEAVER CONSULTANTS GROUP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

12000 S PEORIA ST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

REUSE OF DOCUMENTS THIS DOCUMENT, AND THE DESIGNS INCORPORATED HEREIN, AS AN INSTRUMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, IS THE PROPERTY OF WEAVER CONSULTANTS GROUP, AND IS NOT TO BE USED IN WHOLE OR IN PART, WITHOUT THE WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION OF WEAVER CONSULTANTS GROUP.

Weaver Consultants Group

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

(312) 922-1030 www.wcgrp.com

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April 24, 2018    Ferguson Cares  1128 Gardner Road  Westchester, Illinois 60154  ATTN: Grant Ferguson     Re:  5 Acre Forest – Concept Plan Narrative    Project Location: 12000 S. Peoria St, Chicago, IL   

Dear Grant:  Attached you will find our Concept Plan for the 5 Acre Forest located at 12000 S. Peoria St. in Chicago, IL.   This plan has been modeled after the concept sketch you provided and overall vision for the site that  was discussed.  This plan incorporates the site specific limitations and attributes that exist and how we  think they can be addressed. Here are some of the design criteria we considered for this concept site  plan:  

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Site Drainage   ‐ Detention will be needed  ‐ Two ponds shown due to distance and flat site conditions  ‐ Locations are outside of any “Engineered Barriers” and concrete areas  Foundations  ‐ Greenhouse – A uniform foundation system needed, no differential settlement for glass  greenhouse  ‐ Ecocabins – Relocated to accommodate potential for foundations, only one is shown on top  of a slab  Site Entrance  ‐ Existing site entrance to be utilized, this eases permitting  Pedestrian Path  ‐ Allows access to each feature of the site  ‐ Large enough for truck access to greenhouse and storage building  Hardscape/Earthen Mound Areas/Tree Screening  ‐ Areas of hardscape 1’ topsoil  ‐ Areas of screening shrubbery 2’ topsoil  ‐ Trees only shown outside concrete or engineered barriers 

It should be noted that the Concept Plan doesn’t address all site considerations.  As progress continues,  further investigation should be considered for the following:     

Underground utilities  Basement fill issues  Precise site drainage  Security issues 

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We hope this narrative helps clarify the approach taken when creating this plan.  Feel free to contact us  if you have any questions and what can be done to take the next step.    Sincerely,           John J. Talbot, PE., LEED AP  Civil Engineering Manager      Attachments:  5 Acre Forest – Concept Plan.pdf  

        James Treece  Civil Staff Engineer

Weaver Consultants Group 

Fergusoncares bringing sunshine to chicago's south side  

our plans for: sustainability, the climate, clean energy, green technology, organic food, trees, reforestation

Fergusoncares bringing sunshine to chicago's south side  

our plans for: sustainability, the climate, clean energy, green technology, organic food, trees, reforestation

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