$26.6 million project, called The Regenerator. in West Englewood Chicago

Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood is preparing to witness the rise of an innovative, sustainable mixed-use development called The Regenerator. Located at 6206 S. Racine Avenue, this project will transform the former Woods Elementary School into a vibrant community hub.

From vacant school to community beacon is another example of the investments being made in the revitalization of West Englewood and Englewood communities.

Woods Elementary School, has been closed since in 2013. Spearheaded by the Go Green team, a consortium including Gorman & Company LLC, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), Teamwork Englewood, and E.G. Woode, The Regenerator will breathe new life into the 62nd and Racine intersection. Nia Architects, renowned for their thoughtful designs, will be leading the architectural aspects of the project.

Because the Regenerator is an Enterprise Green Communities project — a development constructed using environmentally safe practices — the former school will be remodeled with “sustainable conditions,” developers said. That work includes all electric appliances and the decarbonization of the building.

The Regenerator is one of many projects led by community organizers replacing vacant lots and properties in Englewood.

Other initiatives led by the Go Green On Racine team include the $5 million Go Community Fresh Market at 1207 W. 63rd St. Organizers are also fighting to reopen the Racine Green Line, which closed nearly 30 years ago.

E.G. Woode opened a commercial hub at 1122 W. 63rd St. in August 2022. They’ll soon open a $5.3 million restaurant hub at 1022 W. 63rd St.

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood will soon replace the vacant Leon’s Bar-B-Q with The Re-Up 1158 Project, a dining destination equipped with three sit-down restaurants, a retail or office space and headquarters for the community organization.

Community organization Grow Greater Englewood is leading the charge to break ground on the $72 million Nature Trail along an abandoned railway line.

The Englewood Breakroom, a $500,000 pop-up plaza, on once-vacant land at 1539 W. 63rd St.

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Photo Credit: NIA Architects
A rendering of the Regenerator, a $26.6 million affordable housing development created by the Go Green On Racine team.