The Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) approved a contract award at its monthly board meeting for the redevelopment of Rosenblum Park. The new park will be located at 1911 E. 75th Street on the city’s south side.
The project scope includes new baseball fields, renovation of a softball field, a new artificial turf practice football/soccer field, new basketball courts, walking trail around the park perimeter, as well as a play lot.
The park redevelopment is part of a land swap deal between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District. The new South Shore International College Prep High School was built on the former footprint of Rosenblum Park, with the provision that Chicago Public Schools would rebuild the Park with improved amenities when the old South Shore High School was demolished.
The demolition of the old South Shore High School was completed in early 2012.
The planning, design and construction of the new park is being managed by the PBC on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2012 and the new park is expected to be complete and open in Fall 2012.
All PBC projects implement economic sustainability initiatives such as bid incentives for the employment of apprentices, and minority and female workers; community hiring and resident workforce requirements; and contract provisions that require minority- and women-owned business participation and local business participation.
A date for community hiring intake will be scheduled in the next few months and will be posted at the construction site.
The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the PBC’s chairman. Erin Lavin Cabonargi serves as the Executive Director of the PBC. Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com. You can also follow the Public Building Commission of Chicago on Twitter: @PBCChi and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PublicBuildingCommissionofChicago.