Employment non-profit to mover into former bank building after $14 million renovation

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Chicago has issued a $14 million building permit to start work on a renovation project at 1111 S. Homan Ave. for the North Lawndale Employment Network.

The non-profit that helps people finding barriers to employment find and keep jobs, had announced its intention to move into the former Liberty Bank Building last year.

Lauren Wesley, the nonprofit’s director of development, said that the building will feature a coffee shop, an event space, administrative offices, classrooms, program training rooms and a walled peace garden, Austin Weekly News reported last October.

“The coffee shop, called Worker Bee Cafe, will employ the organization’s clients and serve food prepared by Inspiration Kitchens, an East Garfield Park culinary jobs training program, and sell coffee produced by Andersonville-based Metropolis Coffee.”

General contractor Ujamaa Construction, Inc. is co-ordinating the project.Key subtrades include: Electrical – Midwest Interstate Electrical; masonry – R.E.A. Masonry LLC; plumber/plumbing – Drive Construction, Inc.; and refrigeration and ventilation – Emcor Services Team Mechanical.

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