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(Crain’s) — A Downstate native with two small college-town projects under his belt scored an unlikely coup by winning the right to lead a $240-million mixed-use development near the University of Chicago.
City and university officials bypassed well-known local developers to select David Cocagne, 32, for an office/retail project on the site of the Harper Court shopping center that would include a hotel and residential units in a second phase.

Even Mr. Cocagne, CEO of six-person Vermilion Development Inc., admits his firm was a long shot for the job, the biggest it has ever tackled….

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