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4/6/21

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South Side Development Englewood Connect Will Double as a Food Business Incubator

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Source: Eater Chicago

The team behind Englewood Connect hopes that the $10.3 million dollar development will have a transformative effect on the South Side neighborhood using food and culinary entrepreneurship as a core component. The project includes licensed commercial kitchens that provide a mini food hall vibe at the once vacant parcel of land on the 800 block of West 63rd Street.

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The project is part of the city’s INVEST South/West initiative that’s designed to bring investments to historically neglected and disenfranchised neighborhoods. It’s touted as the next phase of shopping development Englewood Square — a 2016 project that brought a Whole Foods market and other retailers to a historic district at 63rd and Halsted. Local real estate developers McLaurin Development Partners and Farpoint Development are leading the endeavor, with architecture firms TnS Studio and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill collaborating on the design.

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