On Friday, March 14, 2015, CPS announced its intention to sell several building that were shuttered in 2013, including the 3 story, 100 year old located at 2620 W. Hirsch. In response Ald. Joe “Proco” Moreno announced his intention to fully sup- port the refurbishing of these buildings for housing and education ao uses including the creation of a teachefrs village and a possible middle lab school.
In the article, the reporters note the following about the entire effort: Equally intriguing about Moreno’s plan is the proposal to create housing for current and retired teachers. Like the LGBTQ senior affordable housing on the site of the Old Town Hall Police District at 3600 N. Halsted, the project would market to teachers so it wouldn’e violate fair-housing laws. It would also be not-for-profit despite in- terest fom private developers, he said.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center director Jose? E. Lo?pez said his organization was pull- ing together together a bid with the Illinois Facilities Fund to create a “Community as a Campus.”
There would be space for parent and teacher training, and some housing that teachers could afford as the gentrifying neighborhoods rent rise, Lo?pez said, de- scribing it as “a little educational hub” where the 11 elementary schools feeding into Roberto Clemente High School also could interact.
By Sergio Rolon