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The public housing complex where a toddler was crushed to death last month by an iron gate is under new management.
The Chicago Housing Authority recently announced that H. J. Russell & Company would temporarily take over management duties at the Cabrini

The public housing complex where a toddler was crushed to death last month by an iron gate is under new management.

The Chicago Housing Authority recently announced that H. J. Russell & Company would temporarily take over management duties at the Cabrini-Green Rowhouses until an investigation into the June 27 death of 3-year-old Curtis Cooper is concluded. The city suspended its contract with Urban Property Advisors, the firm that managed the complex at the time of the boy’s death, while the investigation is underway. Days after Cooper’s death, his family filed a wrongful death suit against UPA. Calls by the Defender to UPA were unanswered. H. J. Russell currently manages other Cabrini-Green buildings, in addition to other CHA sites, making the change an almost seamless one, a CHA official said. "Given Russell’s familiarity with the properties, we will have the smooth transition we need," said Charles Hillman, the housing authorities senior vice president of asset management. One of the black iron gates that loosely hung from its hinges crashed down on Curtis Cooper June 27 as he and other children played nearby in the 900 block of North Cambridge Avenue. The next day UPA had the faulty gate, along with others in disrepair, removed. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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