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48K SF Grocery Planned For Woodlawn Will Help Neighboring Food Deserts


A noted nonprofit multifamily developer is branching out into retail and has its eyes set on Woodlawn. The Preservation of Affordable Housing said it in talks with a significant supermarket chain for a 48K SF lease in Woodlawn, DNAInfo Chicago reports. The group would not say which grocer it signed a lease with, but did rule out Mariano's.

The project has dual benefits for POAH and the surrounding community. The location of the future supermarket at Cottage Grove Avenue and 61st Street would bridge the gap for residents in surrounding communities that were dubbed food deserts in a landmark study by analyst Mari Gallagher. The store's location and proximity to the Cottage Grove Green Line 'L' station would make it easier for these residents to shop for groceries.

For POAH, the grocery store adds to a growing development pipeline the group has in Woodlawn. POAH is building Woodlawn Station, a 70-unit affordable housing development on the site of a former housing project. The grocery store will include 180 parking spots.