TIF Gives Project A Lift

TIF dollars will be used to subsidize the development of the controversial Montgomery Wards site in Chicago, which has been slowed by a weak economy and delays in negotiating city subsidies.
July 26, 2003, 11am PDT | Connie Chung
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The Montgomery Wards site, which is flanked by what is left of Cabrini Green, a public housing development, is getting a boost of tax increment financing subsidies from the Daley administration. "The new agreement, to be reviewed by the Chicago City Council, calls for a $32.3 million tax increment financing subsidy...which amounts to more than 11 percent of the $282.2 million project." The latest plans for the site include "retailing, a riverwalk and more than 2,000 new homes, some of which are reserved for Chicago Housing Authority residents....Almost 30 percent of the 823 new units north of Chicago Avenue will be affordable housing, compared with 20 percent under the earlier agreement. About half of the 239 affordable units are earmarked for the CHA."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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