The South Works Industrial TIF was created to foster the industrial redevelopment of the southern portion of former USX/South Works Steel Mill in the South Chicago community. Located on Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Calumet River, the mill operated from the early 1900s into the 1980s, employing more than 15,000 people during periods of peak capacity. Nearly completely vacant since the 1990s, the site is planned, through the use of TIF increment, to serve as a lakefront extension of the South Chicago community and to provide employment, housing and other amenities for area residents. Characterized by vacant land, demolition debris and underutilized rail yards, the 240-acre district is intended to foster the creation of new streets, utilities and other public amenities appropriate for new industrial users. Funds are targeted for site assembly, public works, and new public open spaces. Job training and related educational programs are also supported by the TIF.