Thursday, July 10, 2014

DNA Info: Mariano's South Chicago Plans Detailed for U.S. Steel Site

Credit: Mariano's IG
Mariano's is coming much closer to our part of town. We've heard the rumblings in the media and finally it's been announced:
City and state officials came out Wednesday to celebrate the announcement that a Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery store will be built in the shadow of the walls that once held ore for the U.S. Steel mill.

“The walls that used to exist here and in our minds are coming down,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “South Chicago is not an island.”

The grocery store is expected to open in 2016 and create 400 jobs at 87th Street and South Lake Shore Drive, the western edge of the former U.S. Steel property that is being rebuilt as the 500-acre Lakeside commercial and residential development.

“We felt it was important to commit to this project now,” said Bob Mariano, CEO of Mariano’s parent company, Roundy’s.

Mariano said it was important for the company to come at the beginning of the Lakeside development to help establish local hiring as the standard and to provide fresh and healthy food.
Also noted that this site is also being considered as the site for the future Obama Presidential Library should Chicago be chose to be the chosen city. So on the lakefront in South Chicago, in addition to Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Pullman and Chicago State University.


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