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Jewel-Osco is planning to open a grocery store in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, with expectations for job creation and an influx of outside commerce into the South Side community.Now we move on to some social media posts. Something I wish I had the foresight to do when the aforementioned Whole Foods Market Englewood was announced back in 2013.
The announcement comes on the heels of the highly anticipated September opening of a Whole Foods Market in nearby Englewood. The same developer, DL3 Realty, is set to work on West Woodlawn's Jewel.
The 48,000-square-foot grocery store is planned for the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. It is set to fill one of the last undeveloped parcels of the old Grove Parc Plaza, once a dense string of federally subsidized apartments that the nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing, or POAH, has been redeveloping for the better part of a decade.
The dilapidated Grove Parc Plaza buildings were demolished in phases, said Bill Eager, POAH's Chicago-area vice president. The Boston-based nonprofit has built or is developing 260 housing units in their place and has bought or rehabbed another 250 units so far.
The redevelopment plan also included bringing other businesses, like Jewel, into the area, Eager said.
POAH's Mging Dir RE Dvlpmnt Rodger Brown (behind the W) joins @ChicagosMayor Rahm Emanuel and Woodlawn neighbors at @jewelosco announcement pic.twitter.com/A3nxCObTs1— POAH (@POAHCommunities) April 25, 2017
Jewel-Osco grocery store announced for Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood https://t.co/KctHSqzzKu pic.twitter.com/69kOSMt7CG— Curbed Chicago (@curbedchicago) April 25, 2017