Back of the Yards group wants to create family hub with affordable housing, health care and more: ‘This is what we need’

A rendering of a proposed development on the Southwest Side at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and 47th Street. The development proposed by the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is one of six finalists vying for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize 2022.

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As a youngster, Craig Chico made improvements to an apartment building his grandfather lived in and owned in Back of the Yards.

Chico remembered helping to paint and knock down walls to make the 100-year-old, multi-flat building in the 4500 block of South Marshfield Avenue a better place for its hard-working tenants.

“It wasn’t luxurious, but it was clean and nice,” he said.

The complex, like others, represented promise for immigrants moving into the South Side neighborhood, Chico said.

“It’s for people from around the world with a value system of the old American dream, where people come here to work hard to get ahead for their kids,” Chico said.

Today, the 63-year-old president of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council hopes to help others realize that dream with a $61 million project that will include affordable housing, a health care clinic, performance space and more at 4630 S. Ashland Ave.

“We want it to be a place where people can go and do more than one thing,” Chico said.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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