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JV on Massive Bronzeville Lakefront MXU Prepares to Market First Phase 

GRIT, a joint venture among six diverse firms committed to redeveloping the former Michael Reese Medical Campus on Chicago’s South Side, said Thursday it’s partnering with JLL to market the Bronzeville Lakefront megadevelopment. The selection comes as the JV prepares to launch construction on the development’s first phase this spring. 

“For us, the most important criteria in selecting a marketing firm went beyond deep expertise in marketing office, retail and life sciences leasing opportunities,” said Farpoint Development principal Eric Helfand. ” We also wanted our leasing partner to have a genuine belief in the project.” 

Farpoint’s JV partners on Bronzeville Lakefront include Bronzeville Community Development Partnership, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Draper & Kramer, Loop Capital and McLaurin Development 

The first phase of Bronzeville Lakefront will include the 500,000-square-foot Bronzeville Innovation Center powered by the Chicago ARC, a life sciences accelerator developed in partnership with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center. 


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Farpoint's Helfand

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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