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Salvation Army Could be Heading to Humboldt Park

The Salvation Army has released its plans to move west into Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.

The plan is to tear down old warehouses that extend north from the 3300 block of West Chicago Avenue, and put up a 5-story complex containing 494 beds, and providing social services for people overcoming addictions or those previously incarcerated who are looking to set their lives back in the right direction.

“That spot where they want to build is an eyesore. It has been for a long time,” Bill Howard, executive director of the West Humboldt Park Development Council, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Howard said the Salvation Army has a contract to buy the site and hopes the deal will close in December, with work possibly beginning next summer. Construction would take a minimum of 18 months.