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South Side Pols Don Hard Hats, Lift Two-By-Fours in Woodlawn

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Construction started several months ago on Woodlawn Park, but a group of South Side politicians, developers and onlookers gathered this morning for a ceremonial "wall-raising" for the new affordable-housing development. Funny coincidence: There's an election in less than a week! That sounds pretty cynical; the announced reason for holding the ceremony today is the recent passing of Bishop Arthur Brazier, who was a big supporter of the new development. Woodlawn Center South is the 67-unit first phase of Woodlawn Park, a planned four-year redevelopment of the Grove Parc Plaza public housing development on Cottage Grove between 60th and 63rd streets. A couple blocks of section 8 buildings have already been demolished to make way for the two new 33-unit and 34-unit mixed-income buildings in Phase 1. Construction on those two buildings is expected to be completed about a year from now, and the developer, Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc., expects it to get LEED Gold certification. Ultimately, Woodlawn Park will bring 420 new homes and 80,000 square feet of retail to Woodlawn.
· Bishop Arthur M. Brazier remembered [Chicago Defender]]
· NCP Woodlawn Welcomes New Housing Development [Woodlawn NCP]