CHICAGO (CBS) — A development site on Chicago’s South Side got a boost from federal disaster aid.
More than four years after remnants of Hurricane Ike dumped several inches of rain across parts of Illinois, $4.6 million in recovery aid helped rebuild a road in Pullman.
Governor Pat Quinn helped cut the blue ribbon for the reconstruction of Doty Avenue along the Bishop Ford Freeway at 111th on a chilly and sunny Monday morning.
“I wanted to be here today to baptize this road. It is no longer going to be underwater, it is going to be a place that people can drive over and get to important work,” said Quinn.
The Democrat said the road has allowed for development of Pullman Park, bringing 1,000 permanent retail jobs and more construction work on the 180 acre site.
A Super-Walmart that sells groceries anchors the site and is expected to open this summer.
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