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City planners said Monday they’ve picked five bidders to compete for the right to redevelop the Harper Court shopping center in Hyde Park.

Harper Court, at 5211 S. Harper, has been plagued by vacancies and disrepair.

Most of it would be demolished. Beyond that, the city’s Department of Community Development has given developers wide latitude to propose various uses.

Named to submit detailed plans were Joseph Freed & Associates LLC, the developer of downtown’s Block 37; a venture involving McCaffery Interests Inc. and Taxman Corp.; a venture involving Mesa Development LLC and Walsh Investors LLC; Metropolitan Properties of Chicago LLC, and Vermilion Development Inc. …

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