“Grammy-winning performer Kanye West got a city permit this month to renovate his childhood home, which he bought in late 2018, preventing an announced demolition of the dilapidated property.
“West’s now-deceased mother, Donda West, owned the house on South Shore Drive from 1985 until she sold it in 2003. After a later owner lost it in foreclosure, a nonprofit acquired the house in 2016 and unveiled a plan to turn it into an arts incubator.
“But a year later, the nonprofit, headed by former Kanye West collaborator Che “Rhymefest” Smith, announced that because the house was in worse-than-expected condition, it would be demolished and replaced with a new building.
“Crain’s now has learned that Donda Services, a California legal entity formed in Kanye West’s name, bought the house in December 2018 from the nonprofit for $225,000. On April 9, the house received a city permit for renovations, according to Chicago Cityscape, a permit-tracking website.
“Crain’s could not determine what West plans to do with the house when renovations are complete. Possibilities include selling it, renting it out or putting the already planned arts incubator there. (Rodkin, Crain’s, 4/21/20)
In 2017, Che “Rhymefest” Smith announced a plan to demolish the house and build an arts incubator on the site. The house is still standing, and West is now the owner. Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/21/20