The next public school to go up in Chicago will be the replacement for Dore Elementary School. The new school building will go up at 7134 West 65th Street, in the West Clearing Neighborhood. The City issued the construction permit late last week:
NEW 3-STORY 112,543 SF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVE 1,170 STUDENTS. SITE IS CURRENTLY UNIMPROVED AND VACANT. PROPOSED USE/OCCUPANCY IS C-3 ASSEMBLY UNIT, TYPE 1A SCHOOL.
(New) Dore Elementary School will be built on a vacant lot across the street from a vast tract of warehouses, transfer facilities, and factories leading to Midway Airport. At the same time, it backs into an even larger tract of lovely single-family homes and Chicago-style bungalows leading into the Garfield Ridge, Chrysler Village, and Vittum Park neighborhoods.
The current Dore Elementary at 6108 South Natoma Avenue now packs over 700 students into a building designed for a little over 400.
At capacity, New Dore will have 1,200 students in 51 classrooms. There will also be a library; cafeteria; administrative offices; and a “gymnatorium,” which is either a cheap way of getting out of building both a gymnasium and an auditorium, or some kind of prehistoric duck. For the children’s sake, let’s hope it’s the duck thing.
Construction is expected to be completed next year.