— "City Selects Five Finalists to Compete for Loop Redevelopment Project"

A development team led by The Community Builders and Studio Gang is one of five teams selected as finalists to purchase and redevelop City-owned land at Van Buren Street and Plymouth Court in the Loop in conjunction with the international C40 Reinventing Cities competition. The Community Builders also includes DesignBridge, JAQ Studios and longtime Studio Gang collaborator dbHMS. The winner is expected to be announced in early 2021 by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

C40’s Reinventing Cities Initiative is an unprecedented global competition intended to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. Through this competition, C40 invites developers, entrepreneurs, architects, urban planners, designers, environmentalists, neighborhood collectives, innovators and artists to collaborate and compete for the opportunity to transform select underutilized urban spaces into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

“The 2020 Chicago finalists have developed rigorous methodologies to strive for zero-carbon objectives and I am excited to see how they will develop their proposals in the final stage,” C40 Cities Regional Director Laura Jay said. “More than ever, many cities, businesses and individuals are committed to progress and leading the effort to create a more sustainable and inclusive world.”

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