Developed by health and social services provider Howard Brown Health, the five-story project was conceived in close collaboration with architecture firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, aligning with the organization’s mission to “make life healthier and happier for young people (ages 12-24) who are transgender, queer, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and especially young people who do not have stable housing.” According to Wheeler Kearns’ website, programming includes a health clinic, multiple day-time community areas, and separate private spaces for counseling, career, and social services.
The rectangular massing will be wrapped by a pink-toned masonry cladding, with varying decorative patterns around the facade. The top two floors will also include an expansive front-facing window. Renderings show a range of colored interior accents, and an open multi-floored dance and movement room.
The new building lies in the midst of several bus transit options, including Routes X9, 80, and 151 all within several paces of the property. Access to the Red Line’s Sheridan station is also located less than a two-minute walk southeast.
The current construction is unique in that it is replacing a previously occupying construction project that was planned by previous owner Panoptic Group. Due to the new ownership and construction flaws found in this previous iteration, that building was ultimately demolished in its unfinished state. Bulley & Andrews LLC, meanwhile, is the general contractor for the $11.5 million replacement, with a completion expected this summer.