More than two years after its controversial acquisition of a black-owned bank, South Shore Bank says it is using its lending power to make peace in the community.

South Shore, the nation's oldest and best-known community redevelopment bank, is aggressively making construction loans in a historic South Side area once served by Indecorp. Since the acquisition, $650 million-asset South Shore has boosted loan-to-deposit ratios at former Indecorp branches to 70% from about 30%.

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