Greater Roseland is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy. The region consists of the Roseland, Pullman and West Pullman community areas.
Launched in October 2019, INVEST South/West's goal is to re-activate neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of life amenities for local residents. In Greater Roseland, the priority corridors include South Michigan Avenue and 111th Streets.
Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)
In December 2022, the City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the potential redevelopment of three sites along the Michigan Avenue priority corridor. Prior to issuing the RFQ, the City held a series of meetings with community stakeholders to gather input on the neighborhood's vision for the future of those sites. That input was incorporated into the RFQ and will be considered during the subsequent evaluation process.
Three development team finalists were subsequently selected for each of the three RFQ sites. Development team info is available below and at right. The developer-designer teams are each receiving a $25,000 stipend to develop proposals that align with previous community visioning sessions for each location, including the former Gately's Peoples Store, the Roseland Theater building and land adjacent to a planned CTA Red Line station.
GATELY PEOPLE STORE SITE (Alphabetical by developer)
ROSELAND THEATER SITE (Alphabetical by developer)
115th AND MICHIGAN SITE (Alphabetical by developer)
RFQ info is available below.
Download the RFQ | Download the response form | Download the Q&A
Site 1: Appraisal | Environmental Review 1 | Environmental Review 2 | Phase I Environmental Site Assessment | Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
Site 2: 11331 S. Michigan Appraisal | 11339-43 S. Michigan Appraisal | Environmental Review
Site 3: Environmental Review
RFQ release: Dec. 5, 2022
Pre-submission meeting: Dec. 13, 2022 | Video | Presentation
Q&A period ends: Jan. 13, 2023
RFQ responses due: Jan. 27, 2023
Virtual community meeting: April 19, 2023 at 6 p.m. | Video
Roseland, Pullman and West Pullman stakeholders participated in the INVEST South/West kick-off celebration in January 2020 at the Pullman Community Center. The family-friendly event was one of four held this winter to launch the initiative with in-depth activities that helped participants identify priorities, goals, and key community assets.
More than 700 attendees listened to presentations about the goals and objectives of INVEST South/West, then interfaced with dozens of public agencies about opportunities to improve the community. A summary of the event, including an overview of Greater Roseland comments and feedback, is available at right.
In spring 2020, the City formed the Greater Roseland Neighborhood Roundtable. Consisting of representatives from city agencies, aldermanic offices neighborhood organizations, small businesses and resident groups, the roundtable seeks to advance local goals for Roseland and Pullman through a broad, cross-disciplinary approach that leverages the insights, wisdom, creativity and resources of local stakeholders.
The goal of the roundtables is transparency: to ensure the neighborhood voices are heard and integrated into the priorities of public and private investments, to obtain feedback on INVEST South/West projects as they advance, and to put planners at the table with neighborhood stakeholders. The roundtable will be led and facilitated by local representation, a corridor project manager, once identified.
Questions on the roundtable can be directed to DPD@cityofchicago.org.