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Chicago International Produce Market

CenterPoint successfully partnered with the City of Chicago and a group of 18 produce vendors from Chicago’s historic South Water Market to develop the new Chicago International Produce Market - a daunting task that was unsuccessfully attempted by five other development groups. The City of Chicago provided $9 million of tax increment financing (TIF) assistance for demolition, environmental remediation, and site assemblage at the CIPM, which was the first project located in the Pilsen TIF district. This $58.4 million project was pre-sold to the future occupants and, at completion, retained approximately 500 jobs and creating 61 new, permanent jobs.

The 436,000-square-foot facility has become the city’s premiere wholesale produce market serving restaurants, retail stores, institutions and other customers. Located just off the Stevenson Expressway at Damen Ave., it occupies a 26-acre site in the Pilsen Industrial Corridor and is a testament to the continued success of Chicago’s independent business community, entrepreneurial legacy and diversified economy.

Project Highlights

  • Total Investment: $58,000,000
  • Site Size: 26 acres
  • Total Building Space: 436,224 square feet
  • Customer Use: wholesale produce vendors
  • Customers: Atom Banana, City Wide Produce, Gaglione (Dietz), Mandolini Co., Pets Calvert Co., T&S LLC, Quality Celery & Sprout, World Wide Produce, Proland LLC, Evergreen International, Michael J. Navilio, Phoenix Produce, The Auster Company, J.L. Gonzalez Produce, Strube Celery & Vegetable Co., Jack Tuchten Wholesale Produce, Olympic Wholesale Produce & Foods, Panama Banana Distribution Co.
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