British School in talks with Roosevelt Collection developer

The South Loop is buzzing with talk about the need for more schools and today information surfaced that a British, for profit, school is considering a move to the area. Initial feedback from residents is that there still needs to be more public options. Our own board member and South Loop Mom, Blagica Bottigliero,  wrote last week about the school issue .  She notes that residents with school age children are fleeing to the suburbs and leaving the South Loop due to lack of options.

Based on the article, it looks like the location of the proposed school is just north of the Roosevelt Collection property:


Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily: British School in talks with McCaffery for South Loop campus By Ryan Ori:

July 18, 2012
With developments in the area including the Roosevelt Collection and Chicago-based Bond Cos.’ plans for as many as 460 apartments and 200,000 square feet of retail at Canal and Clinton streets, Mr. Fioretti says he has requested a traffic study of the rapidly changing area of his ward. He says he “will not allow open space to disappear. We have to make up the space.”
“I think (the school development) has a long way to go, but if it doesn’t happen here, it will happen somewhere else in the South or West Loop,” Mr. Fioretti says. “A high-end school would do well, and people would be attracted from all parts of the city.”
“Apparently there’s great interest in it. I keep hearing about the demand for schools in the South and West Loop. Otherwise, (residents are) moving out of the city. Quality education, the demand is growing louder and louder here.”

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily