Although the community development commission signed off on thefacility three years ago, it has taken that long to assemble landand arrange financing, says Illinois Facilities Fund senior projectmanager Mia Barracini. That includes $4.5 million in Illinois Firstmoney, she notes.

Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois is building in anarea undergoing significant redevelopment. "I think we need them inthe 15th Ward because we have no facilities for children rightnow," says Alderman Theodore Thomas, noting it is being built nextto a new Chicago Public Library branch. "We're getting more done on63rd Street now than we've ever done before."

The parking lot sale was part of the deal for the largerfacility, says Michelle Nolan of the department of planning anddevelopment. The community development commission recommended the$1 land sale Tuesday.

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