Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) has opened a new Health and Fitness Center in the Lawndale neighborhood. Complementing the indoor track and fitness machines is a clinic, offering comprehensive care for women and medical and dental care for children.
The Health and Fitness Center is located at 3750 W. Ogden Avenue. Alongside the fitness opportunities at the 60,000-square-foot facility are a cafe with freshly prepared healthy food options and classroom space for group fitness classes.
“With the new Health and Fitness Center, LCHC has created a new standard for improving the health of an urban, low-income community,” Bruce Miller, CEO of LCHC, said in a prepared release. “This model combines access to great clinical care with the key prevention tools of exercise, fitness and wellness in an environment where community residents can affordably engage themselves to solve chronic health issues like obesity and diabetes.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in a ribbon cutting at the new facility, and praised the ways in which it will promote a higher quality of life for Chicagoans and increase the overall economic and social vitality of the community.
The $24 million center was partially funded through a New Markets Tax Credit Program, a federal program that encourages new development, job growth and retention, education and small business growth in the country’s most economically depressed areas. U.S. Bank committed more than $6 million of New Markets Tax Credit equity to this project. The federal government granted an additional $10 million of federal stimulus funds to support construction.
The Health and Fitness Center is expected to achieve LEED gold certification for its environmentally friendly features, including its green roof and energy-efficient lighting. The Health and Fitness Center will also create 100 new jobs, including those for healthcare providers, fitness staff and custodians.
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