Saturday, December 24, 2022

JASC Announces Move To West Ridge In 2023 After Selling Its Clark Street Building/Parking Lot

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As Uptown Update posted in October, the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) has sold its very large building at 4427 North Clark Street to the people who run Black Ensemble Theater, right across the street.

We said at the time, "JASC is going to stay on site as a tenant until mid-to-late 2023 as the board of directors searches for a new home."

Today in its holiday email, JASC made it official: It has found a more modern building to be its new home, where it will continue to do all the good things it does now.

"We are very grateful for the support the community has provided this year and excited about JASC's future new home at 5700 N. Lincoln Avenue. You will be hearing details about our plans for this new space and the timing of our move over the coming year.

In the meantime, 

  • We remain committed to providing the outstanding care that our Adult Day Services and Home Support Services programs have consistently delivered. 
  • We will continue to expand our cultural and community programming. 
  • Our Legacy Center will continue collecting oral histories, maintaining a publicly available archive, and offering educational opportunities and tools.

We hope you share your enthusiasm for what lies ahead for the JASC for the coming year and if you haven't already made a year end gift we hope you will consider providing one now."

JASC's eventual new home is in the West Ridge neighborhood, near Hollywood and California. It's known as the US Bank Building, and was built in 1982 and rehabbed in 2010.

JASC was founded in 1946 to serve the 20,000 Japanese Americans who made their way to Chicago after losing everything -- property, homes, even family connections -- in the West Coast internment camps into which they were forced during WWII. It helped resettle them and provide them with a new normal. 

In the 76 years since, JASC has focused on social services and education, including its Legacy Center, "an archival collection of national importance that paints a powerful and complex portrait of the Japanese American community in Chicago."

The move won't be a quick one. As JASC says, stay tuned for more information in 2023.

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