Current View of the Cook County Hospital Central Campus
The Real Estate Management Department (DREM) is charged by ordinance with managing approximately 19 million square feet of real estate owned or leased by Cook County; making recommendations for sale, purchase or lease of real estate; and maintaining an inventory of County real estate assets.
View map prepared by Cook County Geographic Information System (GIS), which shows many of our real estate assets and facilities.
(Sec. 2-361) Real Estate Management Division: Make Recommendations for Sale, Purchase or Lease
(Sec. 2-1001 and Sec. 2-1002) Asset Management Steering Committee
(Sec. 2-1003) Space Allocation Committee
Manage Real Estate Owned or Leased by Cook County.
Determine best use of Real Estate assets for the operations of Cook County Government through recommendations for sale, purchase or lease and market rate development projects.
Maintain Inventory of Cook County Real Estate assets.
Manage leasing activity of Cook County owned properties.
Allocate appropriate space for all departments through space planning.
The Cook County Health and Hospital System has long been recognized, and remains today, one of the world’s great teaching hospital systems attracting physicians from around the country and serving the health care needs of the city and the region. The introduction of County Care has afforded the Central Campus the opportunity to be fiscally sound and look to the future as a national leader in health care specialties. The Cook County Board of Commissioners (on March 12, 2014), approved the engagement of a strategic professional team to address the hospital’s future needs and to leverage the inherent real estate value from the available land. The strategic development manager team articulated the vision of the County Board President, the County Commissioners and the CCHHS leadership and provided the development parameters to help solve for CCHHS’ 1) core medical needs at Stroger Campus and 2) identify potentials for redevelopment of available real estate to both enhance the overall site, and provide revenue sources through mixed use development. The photo above shows the existing campus.
Redevelopment of the Old County Hospital is one component of an ambitious plan for County property on the Central campus. Two parallel RFP solicitations — one for a new clinical and professional building for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and one for the market rate mixed-use project at Old County– were issued in November 2014 and January 2015 respectively and design teams have been selected. Project construction will meet the County’s MBE/WBE, local hiring and prevailing wage requirements and/or goals. The team will work closely with the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership on outreach and training, with a focus on hiring within the community.
Real Estate Asset Strategic Realignment Plan (REASRP)
The final report of the Real Estate Asset Strategic Realignment Plan (REASRP) has been completed. This two-year joint initiative, in partnership with the Department of Capital Planning and Policy and our consultants, a team headed by U. S. Equities Realty, developed a strategic real estate plan based on data gathered from all of the County’s elected officials, agencies and departments, and every one of the over 200 structures occupied by the County. Highlights of the Plan are described below, and outlined in the REASRP Snapshot and Executive Summary. View Executive Summary in the right hand column.
The Real Estate Management Division is developing goals and tracking performance as part of President Preckwinkle’s S.T.A.R. program. Our goals, accomplishments and cost savings can be tracked by the public at:https://performance.cookcountyil.gov/.