Lightfoot Proposes $97M Sale of Former Michael Reese Site
The former Michael Reese Hospital Site in Bronzeville would be sold by the city to development consortium GRIT Chicago LLC for $96.9 million and redeveloped as a seven-million-square-foot mixed-use community through redevelopment and infrastructure agreements proposed to City Council by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The sale of the 48-acre property would occur in phases over the next 14 years.
The former hospital site was acquired by the city in 2009 and subsequently cleared of most buildings. An RFP for its redevelopment in 2016 resulted in GRIT’s selection by the city in 2017.
GRIT’s planned Bronzeville Lakefront redevelopment project is expected to start with a $600- million first phase that includes an Arc Innovation Building; senior housing and a new park at 31st Street.
The GRIT team is comprised of Farpoint Development, Loop Capital Management, Draper & Kramer, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, McLaurin Development Partners, and Bronzeville Community Development Partnership.
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).