A developer plans to build a massive, 50-acre industrial park in Chicago's Pullman neighborhood, about six miles from Whiting, that's expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and result in more than $100 million in investment.
Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies plans to build Pullman Crossings just off Interstate 94, and it will include the Whole Foods Market distribution center that's relocating from Munster. It's hoped the expanded warehouse that's moving from Indiana to Illinois will be a catalyst for the development of more food warehouses in the South Side neighborhood.
Ryan Companies began construction in March on the 140,000-square-foot warehouse for Whole Foods, which will be located at the south end of a bigger industrial park at I-94 and 103rd Street that will be able to accommodate up to 1.2 million square feet in industrial and warehouse space.
“Pullman Crossings will be a transformational project for the immediate area and the entire 9th Ward,” said Tim Hennelly, president, Great Lakes Region, Ryan Companies US Inc. “We’re creating a state-of-the-art industrial park within 20 minutes of Chicago’s Loop to attract and accommodate large users, create jobs and be a part of the ongoing effort to revitalize Pullman.”
The new development is across from the Pullman Community Center and located in Pullman Park, the 180-acre mixed use development that brought in a Walmart, Ross Dress for Less, and Planet Fitness that are visible from the highway while driving from Northwest Indiana into the city.
“The investment in Pullman Crossings will create additional new opportunities for continuing to build a strong growing community while improving the quality of life for all its residents and the region,” 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale said.
Pullman, the historic worker community that industrialist George Pullman built while establishing his railcar empire and that was named a National Monument in 2015, has recently attracted new industry, including the Method Cleaning Products soap factory and the Gotham Greens indoor farm.
“The decision by Whole Foods to establish operations in this increasingly vibrant food processing and distribution corridor has set the stage for others to follow,” said Todd Heine, a principal with the brokerage firm Avison Young that is marketing Pullman Crossings to food processing and distribution firms. “Pullman Crossings is an ideal location for food services companies as well as general distribution centers due to its proximity to Chicago’s urban population, experienced labor force and the different means of transportation.”