Eric U. Strickland is trying to rebuild Arthington

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By Michael Romain


I spoke to Eric U. Strickland in June inside of 3333 Arthington, an office building on the former Sears headquarters complex in North Lawndale that Strickland is trying to develop. The West Side businessman, who is the former head of the Lawndale Business and Local Development Corporation, was a catalyst behind the Lofts on Arthington development, which comprises 180 affordable housing units that sit near the 3333 building, where Stricklan now keeps an office. 

He's hoping to transform his office space into a hub of major redevelopment. During a brief interview in June, he spoke about the building's potential. 


I am actively working on trying to get this building redeveloped. Right now, it's owned by the Royal Imperial Group. When Royal Imperial shut this building down, they told me I could stay based on my work with the lofts. 

I've been in this office going on three years. We had attracted Chicago State to the site, but with a change in leadership and their budget situation, that deal fell through. I'm in the process of trying to talk to interested groups who might need the space and are looking to expand. 


On the space's potential


The benefits of being in this space are enormous. You're close to downtown and the public transportation is fantastic. It's a growing neighborhood. If you look at all the development going on right now in the West Loop, this is the perfect location to create an offshoot of that. 

— Michael Romain  

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Bonni McKeown  

Posted: September 28th, 2017 12:28 AM

Good for Eric! Hang in there. They had such a neat art space, the Murphy-Hill gallery ,on the top floor about 8 years ago. The bldg. needs to benefit the community in some way. and it's good to see Eric & others trying to make it happen.

Valerie F. Leonard  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 11:54 AM

Eric Strickland has been on a mission to rebuild Lawndale, in general, for a long time. I congratulate him on his efforts to date, and wish him much success in the future.

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