Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Discovery Partner Institute (DPI) Shooting for Opening in The 78 Development in 2023?

We just read a good article about DPI - the Discovery Partners Institute slated to be built on the 78 development.  While the article gives a good overview of the entire status of the project, one line stood out and is something we haven't seen yet (via the News Gazette):
DPI is working out of temporary space in downtown Chicago, holding classes, funding faculty research projects and ramping up its staff.
But the UI plans to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility in a $7 billion development known as “The 78” near the South Loop, using half of the $500 million promised by the state for DPI and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network.
The plan is to have DPI at “full strength” in its new building by 2023, UI President Tim Killeen said.
The city of Chicago recently approved incentives for The 78 development, which include housing, commercial space, a new train stop and reconfigured roads and Metra tracks.
“The road is going in, the bulldozers are there,” Killeen said.

While 2023 isn't exactly around the corner, it gives you a sense of how long this is going to take.  There has already been a lot of twists and turns on this one, so we'll see where it goes.

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