East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan by Chris Devins

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Street Commercial Corridor Plan is a comprehensive commercial real estate development plan that envisions the future of the East 39th Street Commercial
Corridor and the surrounding 2 mile trade area in Chicago, based on current demographic, real estate market, zoning, land use, political and commercial business data. For more visit Chris Devins Creative on the web. https;//chrisdevinscreative.com

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSETS

Bronzeville overall has many assets around which amenities can be built, including these landmarks:

• Wabash Avenue YMCA, 3763 Wabash Ave. Bronzeville’s YMCA was a center for the neighborhood

at its inception. The YMCA was restored in 2000 and is open to the public.

• Chicago Defender Building, 3435 Indiana Ave. This building housed the Chicago Defender, the

nation’s largest Black newspaper, from 1920-1960. The building is vacant and may be for sale.

• Overton Hygienic Building, 3619-27 State St. Built by Black businessman Anthony Overton as

the headquarters of his cosmetics company. The building also had Victory Life Insurance Company

and Douglass National Bank, America’s first national African-American bank, as tenants. The building

is now owned by the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission.

• Sunset Cafe (Ace Meyers Hardware Store), 315 35th St, Many jazz legends played at this jazz

club, including: Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, and, Louis

Armstrong. The club was run by the mafia and the musicians had terrible contracts. The building is

now a hardware store. Still, the Sunset Cafe is Chicago’s number one jazz history site and its name

or flavor could be resurrected in a neighborhood economic development scheme.

• Supreme Life Building, 3501 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Built to house the first African-American

insurance company, the building is the site of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center.

• Eighth Regiment Armory (Bronzeville Military Academy), 3533 Giles Ave This building, once an

armory for an all Black fighting regiment, has been restored and now houses a college-prep military

school.

• Chicago Bee Building, 3647-3655 State St, former home of the Chicago Bee Newspaper. Today it

houses the Chicago Bee Branch Library 5 .

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