City Council approves $5.2 million project childhood learning center

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Calumet Height’s vacant Kate S. Buckingham School will be revitalized as a youth learning center through a land transfer approved by the City Council.

The one-story Board of Education property at 9207 S. Phillips Ave. will be transferred to the city and sold for $1 to Chicago Youth Centers, which has operated a network of citywide learning programs for nearly 65 years.

The $5.2 million project will focus on early learning programs, afterschool and summer enrichment activities, and family and community support services. The proposed project will include six classroom spaces, a state-of-the-art technology hub, a multi-purpose recreational room for community uses, a family support center, offices, a kitchen, and ADA-compliant restrooms.

Exterior improvements will include new playgrounds, bike racks, landscaping, lighting, signage, and ADA-compliant sidewalks and entryways.

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