Project Fresh consists of the construction of a new 140,000 sq foot food distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The new distribution center allows the tenant, Whole Foods Market, to serve as many as 70 of their locations, 17 within low income communities. The project will provide a LEED certified food distribution facility, resulting in the creation of 150 new permanent jobs in Chicago’s highly distressed Pullman neighborhood.
The project is located in the Pullman Business Park, an area that has long been challenged by high unemployment, low resident incomes, and high crime rates. In addition to being located in a census tract that has an unemployment rate that is 4.77 time higher than the national average, the project is located within a Tax Incremental Financing District as well as a federally designated Enterprise Zone. The project contributes to the City of Chicago’s effort to revive this economically challenged community.
The project will contribute to existing neighborhood revitalization efforts led by Chicago neighborhoods Initiatives 9CNI). CNI is a non-profit CDFI that was formed in 2010 to coordinate resources, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization efforts in Chicagoland’s low-to-moderate incomes neighborhoods. CNI has placed a key focus on the Pullman neighborhood and is leading a movement.