Ald. Anthony Beale led ground breaking ceremonies for an Aldi store at 115th St. & Michigan Ave. to cheers of over 60 people who braved the snow and cold this weekend.
“There’s good representation here today — residents, business people, community leaders,” observed Godfrey Lawson, president of the l00~ and Eberbart Block Club. “The neighborhood is coming back!”
Persistence and renewal were the themes of several remarks made at the event. Beale noted he had worked 11 years to address the ward’s “food deserts” and that Aldi would be one of two major grocery stores to open soon. “They will flu avoid with fresh produce, seafood and other items we lack,” said Beale.
According to Musa Tadros, president of Crown Commercial Real Estate and Development Inc., the 18,000 sq. ft. Aldi will anchor a 90,000 sq. ft. mini-mall.
He expects the real work on Aldi to begin in March, with doors opening by the fall. He indicated a bank, restaurant and other services emphasized by the community were being sought to complete the mall.
Beale credits Tadros as “the only developer who wanted to take a chance on this project. He’s been in the community 30 years and developed other successful sites in the area.” Says Tadros, “We’ve been working together on this for six years. Most aldermen would’ve given up.” Agreed Ted Stalnos, executive director of the Calumet Area Tndustrial Commission, “I can’t emphasize enough how much Ald. Beale has put on the line to get this moving.”
Perhaps Andrea Reed, executive director of the Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, summed up the spirit of the morning’s celebration best: “People say there are no good things iii Roseland. Actually, there are great things happening here. We have been working together as one fbr the greater Roseland community.”