Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant Would Support South Shore Arts Incubator

November 1, 2023

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

A former private school in South Shore would be repurposed into a $9.3 million arts incubator through a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grant proposed to City Council today by Mayor Brandon Johnson.

The $2.5 million grant would be used by the Rebuild Foundation to rehabilitate the long-vacant, 44,500-square-foot, St. Laurence School for artist studios that accommodate painting, drawing, woodworking, music, and other artistic endeavors that include public workshops.

Located at 1353 E. 72nd St., the three-story building was erected in the early 1900s by the Archdiocese of Chicago for St. Laurence parish, which closed in 2002. Later purchased by a supportive living developer for a project that did not move forward, the building was sold to the Rebuild Foundation in 2014, the same year the nearby St. Laurence church and parish hall were demolished.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund allocates voluntary zoning fees from downtown construction projects to support neighborhood investment on the South, Southwest and West sides. Projects with grant amounts exceeding $250,000 require City Council approval.


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