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Revitalizing the industrial corridors along the east side of the city remains a primary focus for Mayor David A. Gonzalez.
The history and growth of the City of Chicago Heights relied heavily on the industrialization of the east side due to its booming industries and access to highways. In recent decades many cities, including Chicago Heights, experienced an industrial decline as major industries in the Midwest began to shift their manufacturing bases overseas.
"We see many opportunities to redevelop our industrial base because of our infrastructure and close proximity to the expressways,” Mayor Gonzalez said. "The east side of the city is experiencing new industrial growth and expansion of light industry because of the city's economic development initiatives and the work of the Chicago Heights Development Corp."
One important tool for revitalizing the industrial corridor has been the City’s aggressive approach to acquiring tax delinquent properties in the industrial areas. “Acquiring tax delinquent properties and reselling those properties to local businesses is one of the greatest assets the City of Chicago Heights can have for economic growth,” said CHDC Consultant Jack Hynes. The acquisition and reissuing of the delinquent parcels not only puts these properties back onto the city tax roll, but creates opportunity for local businesses to expand their facilities and create more job opportunities for city residents.
Completed a $3 million renovation to their current facility.