September 18, 2019

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant Proposed for North Lawndale Grocery Store Rehab


A North Lawndale grocery store would be rehabilitated to better meet its customers’ needs through a $1.2 million Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grant proposed to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

The funding would help reconfigure and rebrand the Leamington Foods store at 3250 W. Roosevelt Road as Living Fresh Market. The 39,000 square feet of improvements would include a revamped layout, updated interior, and related upgrades that would enable expanded food offerings from an in-house bakery and butcher shop.

The grant would be provided to building owner Tolis Advisors LP, which is performing tenant upgrades and financing the balance of the $2.4 million project. Leamington Foods is an independently-operated, 90-year-old grocery business with additional stores in the Austin neighborhood and Forest Park.

The space was a former location of Dominick’s Finer Foods starting in the 1980s.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund uses voluntary payments from downtown development projects to support neighborhood commercial corridors in low- to moderateincome communities on the South, Southwest and West sides. The grants help new and existing businesses to improve their facilities, add jobs and enhance quality-of-life amenities for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Projects with grant amounts exceeding $250,000 require City Council approval. More information is available at 


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