Project Description

Project Fresh

720 East 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Total Project Costs: $28,454,000
Total NMTC Allocation: $23,000,000
SCORE Allocation: $8,000,000
Closing Date: June 2017

Distress Criteria:

  • Unemployment rate 4.77x national average
  • 31.29% of the area median family income
  • 39% poverty rate
  • TIF district
  • Brownfield
  • Enterprise zone

Community Impacts:

  • Created 91 construction jobs
  • Created 150 new jobs (100% considered quality jobs)
  • Created 137 jobs accessible to low-income individuals
  • Built to Green Globe Certification Standards
  • Allows for fresh food distribution to 17 stores in low-income communities

The Project included the construction of a 140,000-square-foot, Green Globe Certified food distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on the southside of Chicago. The new facility is a hub for the Whole Foods distribution channels, allowing fresh food distribution to flow seamlessly to over 70 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ontario, Canada. Located in the Pullman Business Park, an area long challenged by high unemployment, low resident incomes, and high poverty and crime rates, the Project supports 150 new full-time quality jobs for the community and continues to catalyze investment within the Park.

Community Alignment

Development of the Project had the full commitment of the community, “There is a renaissance happening in Pullman and this Whole Foods center will only make it stronger,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Alderman Anthony Beale echoed these remarks by saying, “With this project, the Pullman/Roseland area is reclaiming its history as a thriving hub for manufacturing and innovation.” The Pullman Business Park has already attracted more than $125 million in investment to the neighborhood, and the Whole Foods Center is viewed within the community as the icon of this economic rejuvenation.