The Commission on Chicago Landmarks determined the former Prentice Women’s Hospital will not be granted landmark status, according to a statement from Eugene S. Sunshine, senior vice president for business and finance at the university. This decision, made earlier Thursday by the Commission, occurred after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Brendan Reilly supported the University in its endeavors to create a new biomedical research facility.
“Doing so will create approximately 2,500 construction jobs and 2,000 full-time jobs, have an annual economic impact of nearly $400 million on the area and make Chicago a global leader in medical science,” Sunshine said in the statement.
The new building will connect to the Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, another part of the Feinberg School of Medicine. Design on the new building will begin with a competition set next year.