To the Editor:
James McHugh Construction Co. has proudly called the South Side of Chicago home for more than 100 years. As a general contractor, we have had the good fortune to work in Hyde Park on the Harper Court development that will be completed later this summer. We also have been selected by Mesa Development to construct the proposed project at 1330 E. 53rd St. An aspect of this project which has been overlooked by many in the community is the economic benefit such a project creates for the community. Especially in these uncertain times, the jobs supported by major construction projects are critical to a wide section of the population.
We estimate that the Mesa project will generate 300 well-paying, union construction jobs. This is equal to 275,000 hours of labor. Mesa has committed, on a voluntary basis, to achieve 25 percent minority-owned business hiring and 5 percent woman-owned business hiring for the project. This will allow our company to continue working with many of the firms with which we have worked so hard to build the Harper Court project. Mesa has also asked that we continue our program of local community outreach in order to employ people on the project from the local Hyde Park community. We look forward to working with the alderman’s office, the community groups and the faith-based institutions with whom we successfully partnered at Harper Court to make this commitment a reality.
James McHugh Construction Co.