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CHA To Clear Out Most Cabrini-Green Row Houses

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A demonstration outside the Cabrini-Green row houses on Sept. 9, 2005. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Housing Authority is relocating 33 families living in row houses at what remains of the Cabrini-Green public housing development.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, the row houses, which date from 1942, are all that remain of the once-sprawling complex on the city’s Near North Side.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports


The CHA says 146 units in the row houses were rehabbed in 2009, leaving 438 units that were not.

Of those 438, only 33 are occupied, and have been deemed “dangerous and no longer suitable for residents.” Thus, the families that live in the units have been given 180-day relocation notices.

A panel of residents, community members and representatives from the CHA will meet to discuss what should happen to the site.

The Frances Cabrini row houses are located between Oak Street on the north and Chicago Avenue on the south, and between Hudson Avenue on the east and Larrabee Street on the west.

The Cabrini-Green development also comprised dozens of high- and mid-rise buildings, and used to stretch from Evergreen Avenue on the north to Chicago Avenue on the south, and from the CTA Brown-Purple Line tracks on the east to Halsted Street on the west.

The last remaining mid-rises, at 364 and 365 W. Oak St., were closed a year ago and demolished this past winter. The last remaining high-rise, at 1230 N. Burling St., closed this year and was torn down in the spring.

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