More details on New Eastside private school
NEAR, Ald. Brendan Reilly planning meeting July 25
07/10/2012 11:52 AM
A group hoping to build a new private school in New Eastside is getting ready to to make its case to the community at a meeting, and new details on the project have emerged.
Dubbed GEMS World Academy, the school has an international education focus. They’ve got branches around the world in Dubai, Kenya, England and India among other cities, but this would be their first outpost in the U.S. Chicago Journal first reported on the school last month.
A school has long been planned for the site where GEMS is planning to build the school, on the northwest corner of Lakeshore East Park, at 350 E. South Water St. and 355 E. Wacker Drive. But while it was originally intended to be a public school, Chicago Public Schools officials decided in 2002 they weren’t interested.
So GEMS is hoping to move in. The New Eastside Association of Residents and Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) are hosting a community meeting July 25 to present the concept to the community.
The plan is for the school will be spread across two neighboring buildings, one for kindergarten through fourth grade built by fall 2013, and another for grades five through 12 that’ll open sometime in 2014.
The first building will be nine stories tall and 82,000 square feet, and the second will be 13 stories tall, 320,000 square feet and will also include 105 parking stalls, according to Reilly.
The meeting is at the Radisson Blu Aqua, 221 N. Columbus Drive, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.