East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan by Chris Devins


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


than $500,000 and employs a staff

of 4. Mastercare Family Medical

Center employs the same number of

people and has approximately the

same revenue as Bronzeville medical

center. Both of these health centers

offer managed health care.

Store Front Churches

When African Americans first began

to move into Bronzeville they

brought with them a number of

churches. In spite of the survival of

several congregations in the neighborhood

religious institutions have

not always prospered nor remained

in the neighborhood. The economy,

racial changes, and urban development

have all had an effect upon the

religious nature of the community,

especially since the fifties. As church

members began to move out of the

community, some churches left,

leaving behind buildings that were

abandoned. Two large churches, Holy

Angels and Apostolic Church contribute

positively to the area. However,

there are three store church buildings

on the corridor that contribute

negatively to the appearance of the

corridor. They are Beersheba Bible

Church, St Joseph Baptist and Bible

Mission Church. They are located in

dilapidated structures that are physically

unattractive and do not reflect

their importance to the community

and their congregations. These structures

are on shallow lots that push

up against lots zoned residential.

Figure 11 Storefront Church at 39th and Langley

Source: The Author

Public Uses

Public buildings are part of the infrastructure

of the community. Every

neighborhood is anchored in its

buildings, which include its churches,

libraries, civic buildings, schools and

hospitals. A planned Chicago Firefight

Department training station for

Engine Co. 19 and the Association of

Letter Carriers both positively affect

the corridor, adding jobs and stability

to the corridor.


The CHA Oakwood Shores Development

will provide 3000 mixedincome

units to the corridor, though

it is unclear when exactly they will

be completed. Information on the

development’s timeline is scarce

and developers, looking at the losses

mounting on their pro-forma statements,

have been focusing on selling

the units already completed before

beginning other construction phases

11 . Joseph Williams, of Oakwood

Shores developer Granite Partners,

describes his efforts to continue development

as “missionary work.”

However, when the total development

comes online and a significant

portion of the units have been sold,

the resulting surge in population

could create demand for new shops

and restaurants on East 39th Street.

11 “Plan for Transformation a Tough Sell in Weak Market

- Chicago Tribune.” Featured Articles From The Chicago

Tribune. 10 June 2011. Web. 16 Nov. 2011.