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PBCD-Chicago Neighborhood Night Out: Harper Court Redevelopment

APA Planning and the Black Community Division

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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On Thursday, March 13, join Chicago members of the American Planning Association's Planning and the Black Community Division for a Neighborhood Night Out featuring the recently completed transformative Harper Court Redevelopment in Hyde Park.

APA PBCD's Neighborhood Night Out is a national initiative to engage current and potential PBCD members in different regions and cities, give them additional opportunities for networking and feature planning, development and design efforts that have exciting implications for African American communities.

The event will feature a cocktail hour at the Hyatt Place's Café Bar with Chicago-based members of PBCD along with other attendees and a conversation with Dave Cocagne, the President and CEO of Vermilion Development. As the firm's principal, he led the development team that successfully responded to the joint RFP issued by the City of Chicago/University of Chicago and developed the $100 million project that opened in Fall 2013 with Magic Johnson's Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds as the primary equity investor in the project. By creating a vibrant retail center, adding just the second hotel on Chicago's South Side and re-invigorating 53rd Street, the project has the potential to provide the market potential of large-scale development in dense, diverse communities such as Hyde Park.

The event is free and open to the public, though we encourage all attendees to join the American Planning Association and/or the Planning and the Black Community Division.

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Harper Court is a mixed-use project—including office, retail, hotel, and parking uses—located on a 3.18-acre site in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago near the University of Chicago campus. The project was initiated by the city of Chicago and the university, with the objective of revitalizing a strategic commercial location important to the university campus and near transit. The project has been integrated into the existing street fabric and includes a new internal street. A second phase is planned to include up to 400,000 square feet of residential, hotel, and/or office space.

Mixed use—three uses or more

3.18 acres

Office, retail, health club, hotel, parking


  • Pedestrian friendly
  • Urban infill
  • Revitalization
  • University partnership
  • Public/private development
  • Tax increment financing
  • Bond financing
  • Transit-oriented development
  • Healthy place features

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When & Where

Hyatt Place
5225 S Harper Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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APA Planning and the Black Community Division

The Planning and the Black Community Division provides a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other interested individuals to address issues of significance to the black community. The division newsletter publishes articles on economic development, housing, transportation, career opportunities, and division activities.

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