Ald. Maldonado and the PRCC Unveil: The Future of Paseo Boricua


(Architects rendering above)


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board of Directors cordially invite you to a press conference and community rally announcing the Paseo Boricua Arts Building, this Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 10:30am, 2701 W. Division Street, PASEO BORICUA.

Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP: [email protected]

Below is the article that appears in the February edition of La Voz del Paseo Boricua, the monthly, volunteer-produced, newspaper of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

Community Artists Live and Work Building to Usher In New Wave of Economic Development

New Holistic Cultural Center Showcases Artist Live/Work Spaces, Performance Theater, Art Gallery and Latin American Wine Bar Project Transforms Long-Abandoned Buildings on 2700 Block of West Division Street 

Alderman Roberto Maldonado of the 26th Ward, PRCC Executive Director, José E. López, Richard Sciortino, Principal of Brinshore Development, LLC, and Urban Works Architects and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank will officially unveil the new Paseo Boricua Arts Building on Monday, February 23rd joined by more than 100 local community residents and civic leaders. The greatly anticipated project will transform seven buildings on the 2700 Block of West Division Street, including the former site of Ashland Sausage Company vacant since 2005-into the first-ever cultural center in Chicago with a holistic focus on promoting the talents of local artists in various media. The center will offer 15 live/work residences for artists and their families; a 99 seat multi-media theater with film, theatre, and concert performances; and a nearly 3,000 square foot art gallery with a retail component allowing resident and local artists to sell their artworks. A piano lounge showcasing wines from Latin America and spirits from the Caribbean will become an anchor for nightlife on the Paseo Boricua corridor.

With assistance from the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) over twenty local artists from diverse arts backgrounds have prepared business plans that will help them to maintain sustainable artist spaces and become future tenants of the building. For over 40 years, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) – under the leadership of José E. López – has been dedicated to preserving cultural identity and expanding the Paseo Boricua Cultural and Commercial corridor on Division Street, the heart of the Puerto Rican community. The Paseo Boricua Arts Building strengthens the well-developed ecosystem of this business and cultural district, bringing further economic stimulation, stability and community pride.

Join Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward, Jose E. López, Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Richard Sciortino, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC Urban Works Architects, and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank on Monday, February 23rd, 10:30 a.m.

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