Articles by Ian Achong

New EV Gigafactory Announced Near Kankakee

The construction of a new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant has been announced for the city of Manteno near Kankakee. Located at 333 S Spruce Street near I-57, the 150-acre site sits just south of the proposed site for the expanded Peotone Airport we covered recently. The plant was announced as a collaboration between the State of Illinois and Chinese battery maker Gotion Hight-Tech.

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Cabrini Green Redevelopment To Move Forward To Zoning Review

The mixed-use development at 1450 N Larrabee Street in Old Town is set to advance to the Committee on Zoning. The wedge-shaped site is bound by the angled portion of N Clybourn Avenue on the west side, with the vacant lot having been the home of the Near North Career Metropolitan High School. The development team is made up of the Chicago Housing Authority, Pennrose Properties, Hunt Companies, Imagine Group, and a Cabrini-Green resident group, with JGMA serving as the architect.

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Robert R. McCormick Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center construction

New Community Center Receives Construction Permit In West Woodlawn

A construction permit has been issued for the new upcoming community center 6623 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive in West Woodlawn. Located just north of the intersection with E Marquette Road, the development has been in the works for multiple years and will be replacing a vacant lot currently occupied by a pop-up plaza. Developers Project H.O.O.D. and Trammell Crow Company are working with local architecture firm BNMO Design on the upcoming structure.

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Tax Incentives Approved For Pacifica Of Chicago In Chinatown

New tax incentives have been approved for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Hoyt Building at 465 W Cermak Road in Chinatown. Located along the south branch of the Chicago River on the corner with S Canal Street, the developer fully acquired the building late last year after first buying into it in 2007. That developer is Aurora-based Windfall Group who is working with SPACE Architects + Planners on the new community hub.

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City Announces Winners Of McKinley Park RFP

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has announced the winner of the Central Manufacturing District RFP. Located at 1769 W Pershing Road in McKinley Park just west of the intersection with S Ashland Avenue, we covered the three finalists earlier this year. After multiple community meetings the city has selected the team made up of IBT Group, Inherent l3c, Epstein, APMonarch, and Site Design Group as the winners.

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