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via Wilson L Reconstruction Project — WE NEED YOUR HELP ASAP!.

Graceland-Wilson

Neighbors Association

Newsletter

(Montrose to Wilson, Malden to Broadway)

Dear Neighbors,

As you probably know, the Wilson L Station and adjacent property will be renovated in a $203 million, 33-month project to begin in mid-2013. Many of you went to the CTA Open House at Truman College recently and saw the CTA’s renderings of a modern, safe, and more welcoming main station, retail space in the Gerber building and a new south entrance to the Red Line platform on Sunnyside between Target and Aldi. The CTA wants this south entrance as do the majority of respondents to our Wilson L Restructuring Community Survey. more

 

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NPR profiles our own Target!

via Big-Box Retailers Move To Smaller Stores In Cities : NPR.

by Franklyn Cater

December 21, 2010

An Urban Target Store

In Chicago’s diverse Uptown neighborhood, Target last July opened a brand new store with a twist on its usual business model. The Wilson Yard store is near a Red Line L stop and right on a bus line, providing easy access to public transportation. Parking is underneath the store rather than taking up room out front. Pedestrians walk right next to the building, looking in the windows as people once did with Target’s downtown retail ancestors. more

 

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via Uptown Update.

posted at 6:23 AM 22 comments

Remember all those promises about the new big-name businesses that would come flocking to Wilson Yard and put Uptown on the retail map, erasing the blight and making the tens of millions of dollars spent worthwhile? Well, there’s Target. And … Target. And … 23,000 square feet of empty storefronts, which makes a nice bookend to the rest of the empty storefronts on Broadway.

Where are Crate & Barrel, Panera Bread, AT&T, the movie theatres, XSport Fitness, Chili’s, and all the other big-time, Uptown-renaissance names that Peter Holsten mentioned as possible tenants, just over a year ago?

Update from the Baum Realty site: Take it for what it’s worth, but the updated tenants are shown in the graphic below: PNC Bank in the corner retail space and Five Guys closest to Target? graphic  here


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courtesy of Uptown Update

The CTA has revised their “adopt-a-station” program. This might be a good idea for Uptown block clubs and organizations to check into. Should Target “adopt” the Wilson L? Why not shoot an email to Target District Team Leader Jeff DeMoss at jeff.demoss@target.com?
Regardless, something needs to be done. Read more here

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