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CPS website will collect ideas, gauge interest in closed buildings

Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday.

Members of the public and community groups can submit proposals for the old school sites at www.cps.edu/repurposingourbuildings, which has a full list of available school sites; the website also includes financial and physical information about each property, according to CPS.

“Each neighborhood has their own vision for these buildings, and we look forward to hearing their proposals of how we can find a new use that boosts economic activity and cultural vibrancy for the community,” schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a press release.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development recommended last month that the buildings first be considered for use by CPS, community groups and other government agencies before being put up for public bidding.

CPS intends for the web site initially to establish community preference for each site; later on, formal redevelopment proposals will be accepted through the site and posted there for public review.

Community meetings in affected wards have yet to be scheduled.

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