There aren’t many people in the United states who haven’t heard a story or two about Chicago’s infamous housing project Cabrini Green, known for its tough living conditions and high crime. Well, now people will soon be shopping there. The space has been turned into a Target store, set to open this weekend.
The new store, on the corner of North Larrabee and West Division streets, will encompass 150,000 square feet and bring 200 jobs to the neighborhood, reports NBC Chicago.
“[The Chicago Housing Authority] actually traded their property to allow the Target to be built here but in the process of trading the property they also made a deal to give 75 jobs for the residents,” Ald. Walter Burnett said.
The last of the buildings that made up the CHA development, comprised of 10 sections built in a 20-year stretch beginning in 1942, were torn down two years ago.
“A resident who lived in the last high-rise to be torn down said the new store is just steps away from what was known as death alley — an area named because of a gang war,” reports NBC Chicago.
There was a push to employ some of the former CHA workers at higher levels. But Target rejected a request by the CHA to hire managers from the housing project, saying it would be unfair to current employees working their way up in the company.