GARFIELD PARK — West Side neighbors will have a chance to speak directly with the designers of a wellness center coming to the neighborhood during a Saturday morning.
The Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative is hosting a community design workshop for the wellness center, which is a key part of the $50 million Sankofa Wellness Village. The meeting starts 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 4349 W. Washington Blvd.
Anyone can attend, but they must RSVP online.
The project won the $10 million Chicago Prize from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation in January. It will include:
- The Sankofa Village Wellness Center, a 60,000-square-foot facility that will provide more than 170,000 residents with a health center, gym, early childhood development programs, community-owned credit union, small business support and other services.
- The MAAFA Center for Arts and Activism, a residential leadership, workforce development and arts center to be built inside a renovated New Mount Missionary Baptist Church, 4239 W. Washington Blvd.
- The K Entrepreneurship Development Hub, a business incubator and entrepreneurial support center.
- The Community Grocer Initiative, a community-led effort to bring grocers and healthy food to the neighborhood with pop-up markets until a permanent grocery store opens.
Attendees will be invited to participate in activities and discussions about the interior and exterior design of the wellness center. Garfield Park neighbors will be able to give project designers direct feedback to the center’s design team.
The Garfield Park Community Council, architectural firm Moody Nolan, Rush University Medical Center, Erie Family Health Centers and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago are all contributing to the project.
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