1988—Sears donates 55 acres of its former warehouse facility to a public/private/community partnership that includes the City of Chicago and the North Lawndale Community to build community services, new housing, and commercial development.

1989—Developer Charlie Shaw, Sears Chairman Ed Brennan, and retired Sears Vice President Charley Moran begin working with community leaders to develop a concept plan to reinvigorate and revitalize the North Lawndale neighborhood.