East Chicago hosts Harbor Square Groundbreaking
On June 16th, Mayor Anthony Copeland of East Chicago welcomed UPholdings’ Harbor Square project to his community by speaking at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. The socially-distanced ceremony took place on Pulaski Avenue against the backdrop of the freshly excavated site and was well attended by community supporters and project partners who helped bring the project to its current phase. The City’s Building Department Director, James Portalatin, offered words of prayer to open the ceremony, blessing the space and giving thanks for the promise these homes will hold for East Chicago residents.
In his speech, Mayor Copeland welcomed the opportunity for East Chicago to experience a “state of the art” federally-qualified health clinic on the property’s ground floor, operated by the project’s service coordinator, Healthlinc. He also described Harbor Square as a “truly innovative project” and recalled the meetings with Energy Systems Network, in which he learned the building design would incorporate rooftop solar panels in order to fully power the building.
In addition to its design for energy efficiency, Harbor Square also intends to incorporate a shared car service and blend healthcare with services on site to promote pathways to tenant empowerment. With construction now underway, pre-leasing activities are on track to commence in Spring of 2021 for early-summer occupancy.