Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Public Meeting on Redevelopment of Collins Street Prison

The City of Joliet is seeking input from real estate experts, citizens, and the Urban Land Institute-Chicago District in order to discuss strategies to address redevelopment options for the Joliet Correctional Center, also known as the Collins Street Prison.  The City of Joliet has engaged the Urban Land Institute Chicago District Council (ULI Chicago) to organize a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) on January 24th and 25th, 2012.  This panel will bring together a diverse set of real estate experts to focus on strategies to address redevelopment options for the Collins Street Prison.

Joliet Collins Street Prison.  Photo by ULI Chicago.
ULI Chicago is a non-profit research and educational institution that facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among leaders of the land use industry. ULI selected the members of this TAP for their expertise relevant to the challenges and opportunities of the prison site. All panel members donate their time and expertise to the TAP progam.  The Panel, Chaired by David Galowich of Madison Realty Group, Inc., will consider recreational, commercial, industrial and tourism redevelopment, and explore long-term land use compatible with adjacent sites and consistent with the surrounding community

In order to introduce the TAP panelists and capture the community's input about the study area, there will be an informal Community Reception following the panel's first day of work on the evening of January 24th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet. The reception will include brief remarks to identify the panelists and panel assignments, and reserve the majority of time as an opportunity for conversation between local community stakeholders and the panel.  Friends and family are welcome at the reception.  Please RSVP your attendance to ULI Chicago at Christine.Kolb@uli.org or 773-549-2655. 

ULI Chicago also authored a 2004 Redevelopment Strategy Report for Downtown Joliet.

In September of 2011, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning held two community meetings where citizens discussed ideas for the redevelopment of the prison site: