Historic Central State: Bringing New Life to a New Neighborhood Landmark

Plans to revitalize Central State Hospital finally become reality

Central State Hospital, created in 1827, once cared for nearly 3,000 patients on its 140 acre grounds. Funding cuts led to the hospital’s closure in 1994 and the site has been vacant and in deteriorating condition ever since. Its revitalization has been a centerpiece of the Near West neighborhood Quality of Life plan. The continued push by neighborhood residents and community leaders has begun to yield results.

LISC is helping to renovate the former Central State Hospital site on West Washington St. with a $3 million construction loan to development firm Reverie Estates. The multi-building Historic Central State project will feature student housing, a high end events venue, small office space and a craft brewery. This portion of the project is part of over $50 million of development actively underway, including new road and drainage infrastructure, a new charter school, a completed 144 unit apartment complex, AstroTurf track, football field, senior housing and an urban farm.