A proposal seeks to turn a century-old monument to Chicago's industrial past — three massive city-owned buildings near the old Chicago Union Stock Yards — into a bustling, modern food manufacturing hub.
The city has tried for more than a year to sell the six-story brick fortresses along West Pershing Road near Ashland Avenue. Now the Center for Neighborhood Technology wants the city to consider a more specific redevelopment, one it says would pump jobs, revenue and life back into the historic Central Manufacturing District on the South Side.
While some are skeptical, it might also provide a spark to return the district — a sprawling hodgepodge of warehouses and half-empty buildings — to its glory days as one of the earliest planned industrial parks in the U.S.
"Manufacturing is still one of the keys to the economic future of Chicago," said Stephen Perkins, senior vice president for the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology. "The Central Manufacturing District is a way to create a 21st-century industrial park."View Story
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