City Council Approves Ordinance That Designates Property For New Elementary School

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Kevin Smith, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Chicago City Council today approved an ordinance introduced by Mayor Richard M. Daley to designate land for a new elementary school to be built on the City’s Southeast Side.

With today’s vote of the Chicago City Council, the Public Building Commission of Chicago — on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools — will take steps to acquire the property at 104th Street and Indianapolis Avenue.

“We have a commitment to education in the City of Chicago, and that commitment includes the construction of new schools,” said Mayor Daley. “We are investing in our children by providing new and modern facilities across the city. New schools create community anchors and instill community pride, which will serve generations to come.”

Preliminary plans for the new school include a three-story, steel frame and masonry structure for elementary students. The building will include standard classrooms, science and computer laboratories, a music room and an art studio, as well as a library, gymnasium and dining facilities.

The design is targeted to achieve “Silver” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.