Community meeting

After cutting the ribbon on the controversial Hilco warehouse, target the host community meeting this week

LITTLE VILLAGE – Target officials will host a community meeting on Tuesday to answer questions about its newly opened facility inside the Hilco warehouse in Little Village.

Officials plan to answer questions about the Target Little Village supply chain facility at 3501 S. Pulaski Road. The virtual meeting is Tuesday at 6 p.m. Participants can register here.

Representatives from the target will explain operations and developments and answer questions from community members, according to a notice.

Hilco’s redevelopment partners, Target and Ald managers. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) cut the ribbon of the controversial warehouse last month in a private ceremony at the old coal-fired power station in Crawford.

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Hilco Redevelopment Partners is set to cut ribbon at the 1.3 million square foot Exchange 55 facility in July 2021.

After the ribbon was cut, Rodriguez said the facility would create jobs in the area at a critical time.

The project was mired in controversy.

Hilco’s redevelopment plan angered residents who feared the distribution center would no longer bring diesel trucks and increase pollution in the neighborhood.

Work at the site was halted after the death of a worker and again after an implosion blanketed the neighborhood in debris amid a respiratory pandemic.

After the botched April 2020 implosion, neighbors and activists demanded that Target break its contract with Hilco, the site’s developer. Some residents have also asked the city to cancel $ 19.7 million in tax subsidies given to the developer.

Target officials have previously said they plan to hire 2,000 workers for the facility, which will serve as a hub for shipping goods to the company’s retail stores.

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Edith Tovar, an organizer for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, assured residents that they would close the new warehouse.

The century Crawford Power Plant was closed in 2012 after community-led efforts raised concerns about the impact of coal pollution on the health of residents of Little Village. Hilco purchased the 70-acre site in the Little Village Industrial Corridor in 2017.

Read all of the Block Club’s Crawford coverage here.

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