Details of a new plan to help revitalize parts of Chicago’s South Side were announced Wednesday.
Hundreds of acres on 87th and Lake Shore Drive have been vacant for more than 20 years since the U.S. Stell Mill closed. Now those who live here are hoping this once vibrant area will become vibrant again.
It will start with a Mariano’s grocery store opening in 2016 on the northeast corner of the development. Mariano’s is the anchor store and other businesses and residences will follow filling the 589 acres.
Lengthening Lake Shore Drive, a new school and a new park are also part of the plans.
Mariano’s filling a need for fresh food in this food desert. 400 jobs will be pulled from the South Chicago and South Shore neighborhoods with salaries starting at $9 and hour- 75 cents above minimum wage and $4 less than what the mayor is proposing for a livable wage.
There’s also a Whole Foods opening blocks away in Englewood.
There is also a proposal to bring the Obama Library just a little north of the area.