Skip to main content

Chatham Initiative Would Bring More Jobs, Businesses, Ald. Sawyer Says

CHATHAM — Ald. Roderick Sawyer is excited about plans announced Wednesday to revitalize the Greater Chatham area — plans that he said need to start with adding businesses and jobs.

The initiative that unveiled Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is called the Greater Chatham Initiative. It took two years to put together and will drive investment in Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing and Avalon Park. The goal is to also generate neighborhood redevelopment and economic growth.

For the 6th Ward, Sawyer said he wants to see more businesses along 75th and 79th streets. He said it’s also important to offer more jobs to people on the South Side, which is why he is still working with the Greater Englewood Development Corp. on bringing a call center to the former Kennedy-King College campus in the 6700 and 6800 blocks of South Wentworth Avenue. The 50,000-to-60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center would sit on 16 acres and be funded by State of Illinois EDGE credits and other grants.

Keywords: Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park, Chatham, community, Greater Grand Crossing

Posted in Business News, Community Highlights