Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising that the South Loop area of Chicago will get a new elementary school.
WBEZ has learned that Emanuel called a small group of South Loop residents into a meeting with city officials. In the meeting, he outlined plans to build a new elementary school for 1200 students.
He presented a timeline and said the city was working on purchasing property for the new school. The new school would not be open for at least two years, according to multiple sources.
The current South Loop elementary school is the 10th most overcrowded in the district and the South Loop neighborhood is among the fastest growing in Chicago, according to CPS and the U.S. Census.
DNAinfo.com added this nugget of information:
Neighbors had pegged a new school at the top of their wish list for a new neighborhood a developer plans for a 62-acre riverfront tract at Clark and Roosevelt streets, but Emanuel reportedly told neighbors the city will buy the land for the new school, indicating the new elementary school won't be built there. The new school's cost or funding source has also yet to be shared, according to the report.
So if not there, then where?
Maybe the parking lot south of Soldier Field. Bad joke and probably too soon...
In all seriousness, where do you think this could be coming? Doesn't seem like there is much vacant space north of Roosevelt, so we would assume it would be south of Roosevelt somewhere.
Anyway, definitely good piece of news to start the week.
Some will probably argue that a local high school is more needed at this point. What do you think?
(Hat tip: ND, TP, MK!)