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A Chinatown community center and three historic neighborhood churches will be awarded grants from the Citywide Adopt-a-Landmark Fund, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced today.
“Each of these buildings have played a historic role in the development of their respective neighborhoods, and their thoughtful rehabilitation will ensure they remain community anchors for future generations,” said DPD Commissioner Maurice L. Cox, a member of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.
DPD, which provides staff support to the Landmarks Commission, presented an overview of each project today at the commission’s November meeting. The preliminary grants were awarded to the following projects:
The four projects were selected from a pool of applicants that requested grants this summer. Among other considerations, staff prioritized projects that are shovel ready, projects that leverage additional investments, and projects that will have a positive, catalytic impact on their community.
The awards announced today are conditional on City approval of the project’s final scope, budget and financing arrangement. DPD expects to seek authority from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to execute an Adopt-a-Landmark agreement with each applicant some time next year.
The Adopt-a-Landmark Fund receives 10 percent of the money paid by downtown developers through the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system. Previous projects approved for Adopt-a-Landmark grants include the Uptown Theatre, the First Church of Deliverance in Grand Boulevard, and an artist loft development in Pullman.