Land Sale Would Support New Housing for Student Athletes

March 15, 2023


Twenty-three housing units for student athletes would be constructed in Washington Park through a City-owned land sale proposed to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

The $10.8 million project by Center Court Development LLC would include a trio of twounit buildings on the 5400 block of South Dearborn Street and 17 townhomes on South Federal Street, where elite tennis players, their families, and support staff would reside while training and working at XS Tennis Village, a state-of-the-art athletic complex in Washington Park.

Players, families, and staff would use the homes throughout the year to attend tennis camps, tournaments, and other activities at the adjacent, 27-court complex. Four of the development's units would be affordable.

Consisting of six parcels totaling 1.1 acres, the City land would be sold for its appraised value of $302,000.

Center Court Development is operated by Kamau Murray of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation (XTEF), which constructed XS Tennis Village with $2.9 million in City support in 2018 as a training center for approximately 3,000 youths per year. XSTEF has since sent 47 youth to Division 1 schools with tennis scholarships.

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