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CHA To Demolish Vacant Near North High School And Build Affordable Housing

The City Council approved up to $4 million in tax-increment funding to demolish the vacant Near North High School Building.

Near North High School was shuttered in 2001.
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NEAR NORTH SIDE — The long-shuttered Near North High School will be torn down and replaced with mixed-income housing under a plan approved by the City Council Wednesday.

Aldermen unanimously signed off on giving the Chicago Housing Authority up to $4 million in tax-increment financing for the project.

The approval allows the CHA to move forward with plans to redevelop the vacant school building at 1450 N. Larrabee St. into 200 units of mixed-income apartments.

According to the ordinance, the CHA will receive no more than $4 million to demolish the Near North Career Metropolitan High School building, which has been closed since 2001.

The demolition will include removing existing landscaping and sidewalks on the building’s property.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), whose ward houses the vacant school building, called the project a “long time coming,” according to The Daily Line. He said the demolition is part of the city’s long-running effort to revitalize the Cabrini Green area by reintroducing more affordable housing.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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