Morgan Park Juneteenth festival highlights local efforts to revitalize empty lot

Morgan Park Juneteenth festival highlights local efforts to revitalize empty lot

CHICAGO (TOC) — Whereas Saturday’s Morgan Park gathering is to have fun the nationwide vacation, Juneteenth, organizers stated it is also to spotlight the native efforts to revitalize an empty lot.

It has been vacant for over a decade and organizers with Far South Neighborhood Improvement Company are planning to start a mixed-use improvement venture with housing and retail for individuals within the Morgan Park neighborhood.

The lot at a hundred and fifteenth and Halsted used to accommodate a former grocery retailer, however builders need to convey it new life.

“It is form of simply been sitting right here blighted, and what we would like we need to do is convey this web site again, reactivate it for the neighborhood as a result of that is like an anchor for this neighborhood. It is form of within the middle of this neighborhood. And, we simply need to redevelop it,” stated Far South Neighborhood Improvement Company COO Nikiesha Emery.

Proper now, organizers stated $10 million is earmarked for the venture, which might be inbuilt three phases. The primary section is anticipated start in spring of subsequent yr.

A longtime Juneteenth parade additionally returned to Chicago’s West Garfield Park after two years as a parade caravan.

The St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church will host its eighth Annual African-American Consciousness and Appreciation Parade on Saturday.

It stepped off from the church 2901 W. Monroe at 11 a.m. The route then traveled from fifth Avenue and Francisco and ends with a picnic at Garfield Park, close to Washington Blvd. and Central Park Ave.

Juneteenth commemorates the tip of slavery in america.

President Joe Biden signed the laws that made Juneteenth a federal vacation in June 2021.

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