Will redevelopment displace Parker House?

Housing redevelopment in Bronzeville could displace one of the community’s oldest businesses, Parker House Sausage Co.

Housing redevelopment in Bronzeville could displace one of the community’s oldest businesses, Parker House Sausage Co.

Real-estate developers said the current redevelopment in the South Side community should be finished in the next five to eight years, and when it’s done, Parker House may no longer be among its commercial tenants.

Parker House CEO Maurice McFolling agrees that at some point his company will have to vacate its headquarters at 4605 S. State St., but exactly when is unclear. The company has been located in Bronzeville since its 1919 inception.

“I like the Back of the Yards neighborhood as a possible relocation spot because it’s equipped for industrial companies,” McFolling told the Defender.

Previously City Hall officials said no decision had been made on the fate of Parker House, but if they must relocate, the city would be willing to help out.

“We want to help our homegrown companies thrive and expand, and will do whatever we can to make this happen,” said Pete Scales, a spokesman for the city’s Budget Department. “There are no immediate plans to force Parker House to move or try to acquire the property they occupy, so it’s a bit premature to be talking about ways to finance a relocation.”

The Back of the Yards community, located just west of where Parker House is now, is home to several industrial companies including Cedar Concepts Corp., the only Black, female-owned chemical manufacturer company in Chicago. And while McFolling had considered selling the company over financing an expensive move, that option is off the table (for now).

“Parker House is not for sale. I know we’re going to have to move but exactly where we will move to has not been determined,” he sid.

He acknowledged that the city has not pressured him to move his business but admits he is concerned about zoning changes.

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