LINCOLN PARK — After years of inactivity at the old Children's Memorial Hospital, scaffolding is finally up — a sign that demolition day is nearing.
The six-acre site near the busy intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue will face the wrecking ball Tuesday, which is more than a month behind schedule.
In all, the demolition process, including environmental cleanup, is expected to last through November. Construction will begin in December and last about 2½ years.
Once complete, the $350 million redevelopment project will include two apartment buildings with 540 units, about 160,000 square feet of retail space and up to 60 condominiums.
Mina Bloom on the long awaited demolition of Children's Memorial.
The site has been vacant since 2012 when the hospital moved to Streeterville.
Even though developer McCaffery Interests was chosen to lead the project before the hospital even moved, the process was stalled due to a lawsuit filed by neighbors and community debates over the project.