Friday, June 18, 2010

Salvation Army community center for West Pullman

The Chicago Plan Commission approved a Salvation Army community center and athletic facilities for West Pullman on Thursday.

The $64 million development is funded by a $109 million donation to the Salvation Army by Joan Kroc, late widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. The additional money will be applied to an endowment for operating funds and scholarships, said Maj. David Harvey of the charitable group.

Harvey said the group still needs to raise $6 million for the endowment and that it already has raised about $18 million from other sources.

It will be built on 32 acres near 118th and Racine. The land is on the edge of an industrial area and has been vacant for years.

The Salvation Army began raising funds for the West Pullman site in 2007, after former Ald. Dorothy Tillman (3rd) objected to the group's desire to build in Bronzeville.
One neighborhood's loss is another's gain. What could this center offer to Well Pullman? This is nothing less than positive.

Via CapFax morning shorts!

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