A proposal to sell approximately 3.5 acres of city-owned land to the University of Chicago for construction of a new charter school campus is up for consideration in Council’s Housing and Real Estate Committee today.
The committee will consider an ordinance that would transfer a plot of vacant land valued at $755,000 to the university for $1. The university is interested in building a new campus for their existing Woodlawn Charter School, which currently serves 650 6th-12th grade students. U of C operates four charter schools scattered throughout the South Side. An allocation of up to $200,000 in TIF money to one of those schools, Donohue, was approved in 2011.
Woodlawn is about a block away from the development site, and is housed in what used to be a CPS school, Wadsworth Elementary. The new campus would allow the school to increase enrollment to 750 students and includes plans for STEM labs and an outdoor track that would be open for community use.
The university plans to spend $27.5 million on the new three-story building in Ald. Willie Cochran’s 20th Ward, bounded by East 63rd Street to the north, South University Avenue on the east, East 64th Street on the south and South Greenwood Avenue on the west. Cochran has sponsored a series of zoning changes to accommodate the build.
Other notable items on the agenda:
a sale of city-owned land in North Lawndale to Sinai Health System and Sinai Community Institute. The 12 city-owned parcels of land in the 24th ward appraised at $255,000 will be sold to Sinai Health System for $1. The hospital will rehab the existing 7,800-square-foot, one-story building into a child development center with eight classrooms, administrative offices, and an outdoor playground. Construction will cost $3.5 million. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, the facility will serve as the new home for the existing Gads Hill Center, “a community-based family resource provider serving low-income residents.” The center has been in operation at its current location on the city’s southwest side since 1898. The move is part of the “Sinai Tomorrow” redevelopment plan of the hospital campus. (24th Ward)
a $40,000 sale of city-owned land to the Luna Liena Group run by the Mickelson family. According to the application they filed with the city, the company will build a parking lot. (3rd Ward)
an amended redevelopment agreement with Windy City Habitat for Humanity(d/b/a Habitat for Humanity). The organization got approval in 2011 to build 16 single family homes to be sold at 100% of area medium income (AMI) and are now seeking an extension. The organization has built two homes so far. Under the extended timeline, construction will need to be completed by March 31, 2018. (34th Ward)