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CHICAGO-Developers have been checking with city hall on the availability of a former grocery store at 47th Street and Honore Avenue. The city’s department of planning and development may soon be in a position to offer them for sale.

The community development commission recently gave the department of planning and development authority to acquire property at 4709 S. Honore Ave. and 1821 W. 47th St. in the 47th/Ashland redevelopment area. One option already being considered is a full-service bank, the community development commission was told.

The El Centro Supermarket has been vacant for about five years, according to department of planning and development project manager Michelle Nolan. A neighboring house also is believed to be vacant, she adds. The two parcels include 6,850 sf of buildings on 9,250 sf of land, Nolan says, adding the properties have a history of city building code violations and liens.

Title is held by a LaSalle National Bank beneficial land trust. The parcels were most recently sold in September 2000 for $320,000, according to property records. The city will offer the owners fair market value, Nolan says.

The surrounding area includes a strong commercial district, Nolan reports. Acquisitions of the parcels will allow the city to stimulate redevelopment, she adds, as well as eliminate blight.

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