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EXISTING LAND USE ON EAST 39TH STREET 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. Residential 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 East39thStreet. 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.
EXISTING LAND USE ON EAST 39TH STREET There are some signs that the area is moving towards more population density. 3845 S. State is a relatively large (10-20) unit development that brings much needed density to the area. 125 - 123 East Pershing is similarly sized and new also. Neither development is part of Oakwood Shores. There are some older apartments above storefronts at 316 East and 617-615 East Pershing that need rehabilitation. Vacant Lots/Structures: 19 vacant lots, 14 vacant structures 54% of the land along the corridor is vacant, not including the two large empty lots that will be part of the finished Oakwood Shores development. This includes 19 vacant lots and 14 vacant structures. These vacant lots are a significant problem because they contribute to the lack of perceived safety on the corridor, discourage walking and discourage passing commuters from stopping for a visit. However, they are well positioned directly across from the pending Oakwood Shores development and provide an opportunity for infill development that increases population, maintains the stability of the neighborhood and encourages transit use. Figure 12 Vacant Lot on East39th Source: The Author 21