Friday, February 28, 2014

Jones College Prep Getting Athletic Field Down at Old Ickes Land; Will Be Open to the Public

CBS 2 reports: 
A new athletic facility will be built for a South Loop high school, but officials are avoiding the kind of controversy that surrounded a soccer field in Lincoln Park. CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains in this original report. 
Jones College Prep has a brand new, state of the art building. But in the land-locked South Loop, there’s no room on campus for an athletic field, so the city will convert a vacant lot two miles south of the high school. 
Alderman Dowell says the new park at 23rd and Federal should be ready by the beginning of the next school year. It’ll also be used by the National Teachers Academy. 
The Ickes Public Housing Apartments used to be there. Some of the former residents will return to new homes built on part of that land.

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