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Washington Park Land Sale Will Support Housing for Student Athletes

Twenty-three housing units for student athletes will be constructed in Chicago’s Washington Park
neighborhood through a city-owned land sale approved by the Chicago City Council earlier this week.

The $10.8-million project by Center Court Development LLC will include a trio of two-unit buildings on the 5400 block of South Dearborn Street and 17 townhomes on South Federal Street, where elite tennis players, their families and support staff will reside while training and working at XS Tennis Village, an athletic complex in Washington Park.

Players, families, and staff will use the homes throughout the year to attend tennis camps, tournaments and other activities at the adjacent, 27-court complex. Four of the development’s units will be rented at affordable rates.

Center Court Development is operated by Kamau Murray of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation (XTEF), which constructed XS Tennis Village with $2.9 million in city support in 2018 as a training center for approximately 3,000 youths per year. XSTEF has since sent 47 youth to Division 1 schools with tennis scholarships.


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