Bronzeville’s Harold Washington Cultural Center’s Financial Problems

October 8, 2009

Daily Real Estate Updates

sudler-sothebys-logo8 October 2009 ? Former 3rd Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman played an integral role in opening Bronzeville’s Harold Washington Cultural Center in 2004, which relied on $7.7 million in public grants and employed Tillman’s daughter as its executive director. Shore Bank recently filed a foreclosure suit against the center in an effort to recover almost $1.3 million owed by the center. Tillman envisioned a revitalization of the 47th street area to its role as the “Chicago Blues District.” While efforts are underway to resolve the issue between the bank and the center, City officials have started investigating alternate uses of the building, which is currently available for use by artists and community groups. In the first half of the 20th century, the strip along 47th street was a hot entertainment spot for African-Americans, but the revitalization effort has slowed with the weak economy and Tillman’s defeat as alderman in 2007.

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