It takes dedication to transform neighborhoods into places where people, regardless of race, gender, or background, feel safe and seen – so Clayco chooses the companies we partner with very carefully. Lamar Johnson Collaborative is a shining example of everything we want to see in the design-build industry, an organization that aspires to build healthy spaces through active engagement in civic and community initiatives. One of their latest projects, Roosevelt & Kostner, is a great step toward bridging the resource gap for underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

Roosevelt & Kostner is a $38.4 million project with four new buildings totaling 302,140 square feet. LJC is designing the two innovation and community center buildings to maximize opportunities for neighborhood community groups with events, workforce development programs, and more. These developments are a part of Chicago’s former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West program, an initiative to reverse decades of disinvestment across the city’s South and West Sides.

INVEST South/West works to marshal Chicago’s resources, corporations, community organizations, and philanthropic partners within 10 South and West Side community areas with over $2.2 billion in public, private, and charitable investments. The future is under construction, and community-driven organizations and initiatives collaborate to build more equitable and inclusive communities for all. 

I look forward to seeing how Roosevelt & Kostner fosters public improvements and offers significant opportunities in areas that need it most.