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After Cutting Ribbon On Controversial Hilco Warehouse, Target Hosting Community Meeting This Week

Company representatives plan to answer questions about the Target Little Village Supply Chain Facility during a virtual meeting Tuesday.

Hilco Redevelopment Partners cut the ribbon on the 1.3 million square foot facility Exchange 55 in July 2021.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Target officials will host a community meeting Tuesday to answer questions on its recently opened facility inside the Hilco warehouse in Little Village.

Officials plan to answer questions about the Target Little Village Supply Chain Facility at 3501 S. Pulaski Road. The virtual meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees can register here.

Target representatives will explain operations and developments and answer questions from community members, according to a notice.

Hilco Redevelopment Partners, Target officials and Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) cut the ribbon on the controversial warehouse last month during a private ceremony at the former Crawford coal plant.

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Hilco Redevelopment Partners is set to cut the ribbon on the 1.3 million square foot facility Exchange 55 in July 2021.

Following the ribbon-cutting, Rodriguez said the facility would bring jobs to the area at a critical time.

The project has been mired with controversy.

Hilco’s redevelopment plan angered residents who feared the distribution center would bring more diesel trucks and increase pollution in the neighborhood. 

Work on the site was shut down after a worker fell to his death and again after an implosion covered the neighborhood in debris amid a respiratory pandemic.

After the botched implosion in April 2020, neighbors and activists called for Target to break its contract with Hilco, the site’s developer. Some residents also demanded the city rescind $19.7 million in tax subsidies given to the developer.

Target officials previously said they planned to hire 2,000 workers for the facility, which will serve as a hub for shipping merchandise to the corporation’s retail stores. 

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Edith Tovar, an organizer at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, assured residents they would shut down the new warehouse.

The century-old Crawford Power Plant was shut down in 2012 after community-led efforts raised concerns about the impact coal pollution was having on the health of Little Village residents. Hilco bought the 70-acre site in the Little Village Industrial Corridor in 2017.

Read all of Block Club’s Crawford coverage here.

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