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Old Cook County Hospital Building to Be Redeveloped as Multi-Use Site

The old Cook County Hospital building at 1825 W. Harrison St., vacant for 15 years, will be restored as a hotel, administrative/medical offices and ground floor retail in a $130 million redevelopment plan. A 99-year lease has been awarded to a private development consortium called Civic Health Development Group, led by Chicago-based developer John T. Murphy. Preservation Chicago, which named it one of Chicago’s most endangered buildings in 2003 and 2004, has been advocating for the building’s adaptive reuse along with Landmarks Illinois and Antunovich Associates. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which allows the redevelopment project to use millions of dollars of federal historic tax credits. (Curbed Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times and Preservation Chicago.)

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