City's Acquisition of Former West Englewood School Building Would Support Re-Use for Job Training, Transitional Housing

January 27, 2021


West Englewood's Woods Mathematics and Science Academy would be acquired by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to facilitate its proposed adaptive reuse as a community center, through an intergovernmental agreement introduced to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

As a community center, the three-story, 65,000-square-foot building at 6206 S. Racine Ave. would provide transitional housing, life coaching, job training and health clinic services for area residents.

The approximately $15 million proposal would be developed by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Teamwork Englewood, Residents Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.), and E.G. Woode to compliment the community-driven “Go Green on Racine" sustainable development initiative.

Part of Mayor Lightfoot's INVEST South/West revitalization strategy for Greater Englewood, the future sale of the property by DPD for the proposed center would be subject to a redevelopment agreement between the developer and the City. Terms are yet to be determined and would require City Council approval.

Currently owned by the Chicago Board of Education, the former elementary school closed in 2013. Its value was recently appraised at $75,000.


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