CNI, in partnership with U.S. Bank, National Association, is the developer for Pullman Park, a mixed-use development that will serve the greater Calumet Region with quality retail stores, affordable homes, and park and recreational opportunities. The project, located at 111th and the Bishop Ford Expressway on the South Side of Chicago, is planned to include approximately 400,000 square feet of big box style retail along the Bishop Ford expressway; 50,000 – 75,000 square feet of neighborhood retail along 111th Street; a hotel near the 111th Street interchange; up to 1,100 new residential units, including single family homes, town homes, senior housing, and multi-family buildings; a 10-acre park; and a multi-purpose recreational facility. The project site is one of the largest available for development in the City of Chicago.

The first phase of development will include the reconstruction of Doty Road and a new 150,000 square foot Walmart store that includes groceries, general merchandise, a pharmacy, and a garden center. Future phases of big box retail development will include a 125,000 square foot second anchor, which is currently anticipated to be a home improvement store; three “junior anchor” stores totaling approximately 115,000 square feet, which could include a pet supply store, a clothing store, a linens store, a sporting goods store, and/or an office supply store; and three retail and restaurant outlots totaling approximately 18,000 square feet.

Ninth Ward Alderman Anthony Beale and CNI engaged the community in an extensive planning process for the site. Two planning workshops were held and more than 60 meetings were held with community organizations, businesses, churches and stakeholders. The redevelopment project offers key opportunities for community revitalization and economic development:

Job Creation: The first phase of big box retail development is estimated to generate approximately 700-800 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent retail jobs. Pullman and Roseland currently face unemployment rates above 19%.

Access to Fresh Food and Retail Services: The centerpiece of Pullman Park is a full-service grocery store. Pullman, Roseland and much of the South Side are currently classified as “food deserts,” with little or no access to fresh, quality foods needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Recreation and Park Space: A key component of the Pullman Park neighborhood will be a 10-acre park and the adaptive re-use of a 140,000 square foot industrial building into a recreation center. Both the park and the recreation center will serve the neighborhood and surrounding region and promote healthy lifestyles.

Diverse Housing: The plan includes new residential community where homes are priced within reach of a wide range of working singles and families. Housing will be designed to be attractive, energy efficient and durable, and the community will feature generous amounts of open space and landscaped streets.

Sustainability: The scale of the project offers the opportunity to meaningfully incorporate alternative energies and green technology and infrastructure.

Accessibility: The site is conveniently located between major transportation nodes. The neighboring Bishop Ford Expressway provides easy access to the Loop and Northwest Indiana while Metra Electric commuter trains are capable of carrying passengers downtown within 30 minutes.

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