Kennedy King College, 2008 (photo by Lee Bey)
The City Colleges of Chicago has awarded a $6 million contract to a Chicago firm to demolish the former Kennedy King College campus and turn the site into green space, Lee Bey's Chicago has learned.
Brandenburg Industrial Service Company will be paid $6.276 million to raze the architecturally Brutalist 38-year-old campus at 69th and Wentworth. The vacant campus, which straddles Wentworth, has been on borrowed time since 2007 when a new Kennedy-King opened at 63rd and Halsted. A range of reuse plans for the old facility--including converting the school into a police and fire academy--were rejected, in part, because of the expense of modernizing the building, according to one city official.