Austin Community Health Hub construction starts

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Officials held a groundbreaking for the Austin Community Health Hub, to be built on a vacant site at the corner of W. Chicago Ave and N. Lawler Ave, led by Stone CDC and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.

“As a proud Austin resident, I cannot be more proud to be here for the first steps of the new Austin community health hub because it is our hub,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson. “It’s not a one-off project, it’s a vision for the entire West side.”

Lurie Children’s Hospital plans to open the Austin Community Health Hub with the Austin-based Stone Community Development Corporation. It will be a three-story, 24,000-square-foot building on what’s currently vacant land at 5034-5048 W. Chicago Ave., according to the hospital.

Designed by Gregory Ramon Design Studio, the facility will include space for pediatric specialty physical and behavioral healthcare services; community-responsive health education and training and outdoor space for programming and respite.

The three-story structure will have approximately 25,000 square feet of space. The interior will include a medical service clinic and treatment facility for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and a mixed-use space with a cafe, restaurant, offices, and community meeting and event space for Stone CDC.

Construction is expected to be completed by Spring 2025.

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