City News 01/26/18
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Mega Home Center owner Amjad Hamdan, family and staff celebrate the grand opening with Mayor Gonzalez and Jack Hynes, Economic Development Corp.
Mega Home Center

Open for Business!

This week the City celebrated the grand opening of Mega Home Center at 375 North Halsted.   In 2016, the business purchased the location (formerly the old Eagle's building) and began renovations, investing over $1.2 million at the site.
The 30,000 square foot space is ready to offer residents an exciting new shopping opportunity. The new business provides a wide variety of quality furnishings that includes living and dining room sets, mattresses, rugs and home accents with plans to expand their product line.
In addition to the newly renovated building, Mega Home Center completed renovations to the exterior and landscaping of the property, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the city's northern commercial corridor. 
On Wednesday, Mayor David A. Gonzalez attended the grand opening at Mega Home Center. “This is another example of the work we're doing with the Economic Development Corp. to turn a tax delinquent property into a vibrant business. Mega Home Center is a great addition and brings opportunities for residents and visitors to shop locally,” stated Mayor Gonzalez.

For more information visit Chicago Heights Economic Development Corp.


Living the Dream 2018

The City of Chicago Heights hosted the 21st annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the CH Public Library last week. Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement, which laid the foundation for the theory and practice of inclusion and diversity in American society and around the world.  Though he was assassinated fifty years ago in 1968, Dr. King’s dream lives on, touching the hearts and minds of people throughout the world.
The theme for the 2018 Day of Remembrance Celebration was “Living the Dream,” serving as a reminder that when people promote equality, embrace diversity, and fight against injustice they create change.
“It is important that our community comes together to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and his message of peace, unity, and understanding,” said Mayor Gonzalez. 
The event featured several speakers and performances honoring Dr. King's legacy.
Bishop Ronald White opened the event with prayer and  Kim Stratton, a Grammy award winning gospel singer, followed with a beautiful performance. Dr. Terri Winfree, Prairie State College President, spoke about the importance of living Dr. King’s dream in our daily lives before a riveting performance from a Chicago based spoken word group,  the Jacksons of Rhema Rhetoric. Local minister and nationally recognized author, Sophia Ruffin, returned this year as the keynote speaker.  Her address focused on the importance and impact of purposefully continuing to live Dr. King’s dream.
God’s Purpose Praise Dance Group returned for their second year and were followed by a performance from Cornerstone Christian Youth group.  Cameron Franklin, the MLK essay contest winner from Bloom 206, read his winning essay while his schoolmate, Kayla Jackson, served as the emcee for the event.  Chicago Heights Kiwanis Club was recognized for their continued commitment to the community while Judge James “Jim” Williams was honored with the Award for Lifetime Achievement.  

Living the Dream
Scenes from the morning's events
Mayor Gonzalez with speakers, students, and honorees
home values rising

Median Home Values Increasing 

According to an article in Crain's Chicago Business, the median home value in Chicago Heights has increased by more than 15% in the last year.
Under Mayor Gonzalez’s administration, the City has obtained grants under the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Program (APP) and the Blight Reduction Program (BRP). These grants allow the City to acquire tax delinquent properties and prepare blighted and abandoned properties for commercial or residential redevelopment.
"This is just the beginning," stated Jack Hynes, Economic Development. "We're going after the next round of grant funds to acquire more tax delinquent properties that can be put back on our tax rolls."
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Firestone Building
Grant Programs in Action
County funding assisted in the demolition of the old Firestone building
at 14th & Halsted, creating a site ready for redevelopment.
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