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Economic development coming to Southeast Side

A neglected former industrial site on the Southeast Side of Chicago is poised to get some needed economic development.

U.S. Bank is donating land near 111th Street and the Bishop Ford Highway for construction of Pullman Park, a mixed-used project. Housing, big-box stores, a park and recreational facility are being planned. It’s supposed to bring 1,700 jobs. Wal-Mart is scheduled to be the first tenant by next year.

“The main goal here is economic development,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday at U.S. Bank.

Emanuel said this development would help eliminate the 9th Ward’s food-desert status. “This ward does not have any fresh fruits or vegetable grocery stores. It’s okay to drive outside the ward – you don’t need a passport to do that. The fact is that’s about to change.”

Pullman Park is billed as an anchor for the Pullman and Roseland communities.

“The biggest thing that can happen out of this development is bringing fresh produce to the 9th Ward. The fact that we do not have a grocery store we can go to in the community is criminal,” said Ald. Anthony Beale.

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