Ground Breaks for Research Center and School for Autistic Children

November 3, 2006

By Editorial Staff
Heartland Real Estate Business Online

A North Side university takes it upon itself to woo commercial development

CHICAGO — Chicago-based Newcastle Limited has broken ground on the Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research in Chicago on behalf of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. This will be the nation's first complex to integrate education, research, training and independent living for autistic children in a single campus. The estimated $24 million center will be located on a 3.4-acre site at 1939 W. 13th St. that was donated by a Chicago City Council ordinance. The $17 million first phase, which is slated for completion in 2008, will consist of a two-story, 45,000-square-foot day school, serving up to 150 students, with research space and Easter Seals offices. The facilities will offer features that address the special needs of autistic children, such as acoustic and lighting controls. Future phases of the development will include two residential buildings, a gymnasium and a pool. Completion for the entire campus is slated for 2011. Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects is designing the facility, and Executive Construction will build it. Newcastle has arranged $7 million in financing for the project from Harris Bank and a $4 million grant from the state of Illinois.

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