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Chicago's Historic Pullman Area On the Rise Again

Pullman Crossings project should bring 1,000 construction jobs to the area

September 12, 2017
Ryan Companies plans to build a 62 acre industrial park in the historic Pullman area

Ryan Companies US, Inc. has announced plans to build a 62 acre industrial park in the historic Pullman area 20 minutes south of the Loop in Chicago.

Anchored by the 140,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market distribution center at the south end of the new park due to open in Janaury 2018, the business park is part of the 180-acre mixed use development planned by Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI). Ryan and CNI plan multiple industrial buildings totalling up to 1.2 million square feet of space. Hopes are that the Whole Foods distribution center will encourge other food processing and distribution tenants to locate to the park.

Pullman is the historic worker community that industrialist George Pullman built while establishing his railcar empire and was named a National Monument in 2015. The area has lost thousands of jobs in the past four decades despite its favoarable location for commercial transport and passenger transportation.

The new Pullman Crossings is located 15 miles from the Chicago Loop and the I-294 & I-80 interchange, and is just 12 miles from I-55. A Pullman Crossings rendering looking south shows three warehouse buildings, center right, with the under-construction Pullman Community Center in the foreground. The warehouses will be along 103rd Street and Woodlawn Avenue, just west of Interstate 94 and Harborside International Golf Center. The number of warehouses to be built will be determined by the preferences of tenants.

“Pullman Crossings will be a transformational project for the immediate area and the entire 9th Ward,” said Tim Hennelly, president, Great Lakes Region, Ryan Companies US Inc. “We’re creating a state-of-the-art industrial park within 20 minutes of Chicago’s Loop to attract and accommodate large users, create jobs and be a part of the ongoing effort to revitalize Pullman.”

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