4 thoughts on “Emmet School After Closure”

  1. The old Mulligan School was closed and Arts of Living School for Pregnant and Parenting Girls was moved from 721 N LaSalle to the Mulligan location 1855 N Sheffield in academic 2000/2001.
    At the time the shuttered Mulligan was opened for three years to temporarily house the St Vincent DePaul Day Care while its new facilities were being constructed and Arts of Living moved there to share facilities. When our school was closed the building was sold to a developer…the first plan for a condo conversion went ahead. Then a fire destroyed much of the building and it changed to rental. Today 1855 is rental apartments…did Chicago Public Schools made a tidy profit on the purchase? Perhaps if it were in a Westside / Southside blighted area the building would be closed and boarded waiting for development.
    Location, location, location.

    1. a nearby school to emmet- key was sold off a bit earlier than emmet to an oak park based educational organization.
      leland school was also sold off and redeployed for other usage. it’s the sold emmet that is taking longer to do something with because the people
      that bought it probably bit off more than they can chew and are raising the funds to do something.

  2. Hello. You missed an important component in the aftermath of Emmet Elementary School’s closing. In January of 2017, the property (as well as other CPS-shuttered schools) was put up for bid by CPS with a March 31st deadline. CPS wanted to sell their overstock of buildings to save money on their upkeep. Only one group forwarded a bid. It was not Westside Health Authority. Instead, it was a healthcare partnership comprised of PCC Wellness, Cook County Health Systems, and Mount Sinai Health System. A June 18, 2017 Austin Talks article written by the late Terry Dean indicates how the community rose up against this venture due to a lack of transparency and replication of services abundantly offered in the community. See http://austintalks.org/2017/06/proposed-health-care-campus-for-emmet-site-opposed-by-some-residents/. Alderman Taliaferro also came under heavy criticism at the meeting. The healthcare partnership dissolved within weeks after this public meeting, leaving no bidders for the Emmet property.
    Alderman Taliaferro and others reached out to Westside Health Authority, the current owners of the property.
    It took a while, but if you walk by the property today, you will see development activity beginning to happen.

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