CNI is the master developer of Pullman Park, a 180-acre mixed use site at 111th Street and I-94, where CNI has coordinated $350 million of new investment and created nearly 1,300 new jobs.
Pullman Park is providing new retail goods and services to Pullman, Roseland and the Greater Calumet Region, including a 150,000 square foot Walmart, featuring a full-service grocery; more than 70,000 square foot of new retail space anchored by a Ross Dress for Less, a Planet Fitness, and an Advocate Health Care.
When CNI broke ground on the Pullman Walmart in 2011, the Pullman / Roseland area was described as one of the largest and most intractable food deserts in the City of Chicago. The Walmart now provides the community with access to fresh produce, bakery, deli and packaged goods at affordable prices and has created 400 new jobs.
Method – South Side Soapbox
In 2013, Method Home Products, Inc., selected CNI’s Pullman Park site as the location of its first North American manufacturing facility. Designed by William McDonough + Partners, Method met its goal is to build the world’s first and only LEED Platinum certified plant in its industry. The manufacturing facility features a refurbished 230 foot wind turbine, combined with the solar energy from solar panels in the parking lot and on the building, provide approximately half of the facility’s electrical needs. Method’s Pullman plant currently employs 100 people.
Atop Method’s South Side Soapbox sits the world’s largest rooftop farm, operated by Gotham Greens. Gotham Greens state of the art agricultural greenhouse facility on the roof of the plant that produces up to 1 million pounds of fresh, sustainably grown, pesticide-free produce annually. The produce is distributed to local Chicago retailers, restaurants, farmer’s markets and community groups. When compared to conventional agriculture, Gotham Greens’ re-circulating irrigation methods use 10 times less land and 20 times less water and eliminate the need for pesticide use and fertilizer runoff, which is one of the leading causes of global water pollution. Gotham Greens employs 40 people.
In March, 2016, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Alderman Anthony A. Beale and Whole Foods announced plans to move its distribution center from Indiana to Chicago’s Pullman Park. Expected to open in early 2018, the new 140,000 square foot Whole Foods Market distribution center will take advantage of the Pullman neighborhood’s skilled workforce, close proximity to the interstate and diverse business climate to serve Whole Foods Market locations across the Midwest, including 25 currently in the Chicago area and the three new stores coming to the Chicago neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Englewood and the suburb of Evergreen Park.