Big plans for Pullman
By: Thomas A. Corfman July 14, 2008
Billionaire banker Michael Kelly is picking up where utopian visionary George Pullman left off.
...The 170-acre Ryerson site at 720 E. 111th St. abuts Park National's 10-story office building along the Bishop Ford Freeway and the landmark Pullman District, where many of the buildings from Mr. Pullman's quixotic experiment still stand.
Crain's has learned that Mr. Kelly envisions a development with up to 1,000 single-family homes
in keeping with the adjacent Pullman District's architecture, as well as big-box stores
. Development on such a scale hasn't been seen on the South Side since the postwar era, and the project could transform a largely dormant industrial area into a new neighborhood.
..."We are going to build a suburban community within the city," says Mr. Beale, whose ward includes the Ryerson site. "We're looking at curved (streets), a gated community, the attached three-car garage."
Ugh @ Ald. Beale's suburban "vision."