Groundbreaking held for Pullman Park development

September 19, 2011 3:13:46 PM PDT
A Far South Side commercial development is getting millions in federals funds to improve infrastructure.

Pullman Park is a nearly 200 acre site that used to be a landfill. It will now be a large project anchored by Wal-Mart.

Federal money totaling $4.6 million will be used to make repairs to roads and sewers at the site.

The first phase of Pullman Park is expected to be completed by next June. It is providing 700 construction jobs and more jobs later.

"We're gonna bring a thousand permanent jobs into the community in phase one. When we bring jobs into the community what does that do? That reduces crime in the area," said 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale.

The alderman says, right now, there isn't a single grocery store in the 9th Ward that sells fresh food. This project will change that.

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