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Stretch of Greenwood to be closed for dorm

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago plans to close the 5500 block of South Greenwood Avenue as part of the construction of the dorm that will replace Pierce Hall. The university will request that the city vacate Greenwood Avenue from 55th Street to 56th Street beginning in the summer of 2015. The(…)

Resident tries to slow Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Steve Benson is preparing a petition for the installation of speed bumps on Blackstone Avenue between 59th and 57th streets. Benson said he wants the speed bumps installed for the safety of pedestrians, especially children, who live in the area and is drafting the petition to(…)

Kenwood head gets honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones was selected to the 2014 program of Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship. Jones was the only Chicago Public Schools employee to be selected this year. The Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship program, which has been in place since 1983, selects leaders from various companies,(…)

St. Paul connects gardens, youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The congregation of St. Paul and the Redeemer Church spent Sunday afternoon celebrating the culmination of its summer camp in a garden that children in the Hyde Park area helped cultivate. The food garden was built in 2012 with support from KAM Isaiah Israel’s congregation through a grant from(…)

City Hyde Park gains subsidy for project

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital venture that will put 182 apartments and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, took another step towards construction last week. The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approved Antheus’ application to amend Enterprise Zone 6 to include(…)

Tennis courts to replace projects

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Xs Tennis, 1301 E. 47th St., has begun clearing the way for a move to the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes in Bronzeville, at 51st and State streets. Xs Tennis owner Kamau Murray said he planned the move to provide the business with a needed(…)

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Mobil Gas station and car wash will close Monday, August 12 and demolition will begin the next day. Mesa Development announced the timeline last week for work on the McMobil site, 1300 E. 53rd Street, soon to become Vue53, a 13-story retail and residential(…)

Reports reveal spate of robberies

LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police and the University of Chicago Police departments released a number of community and security alerts in July. UCPD released two security alerts last week. The first, released on Monday, July 22, warned pedestrians to be aware around 59th Street and Blackstone Avenue after two men approached a victim, displayed(…)