Construction is expected this summer for Edith Spurlock Apartments at 2700 N Sheffield Avenue in Lincoln Park. Located on the site of the existing Edith Spurlock Apartments, the residential complex spans from N Lincoln Avenue to W Diversey Parkway. Chicago Housing Authority and Pirhl are the developers behind the project.
Designed by RATIO, the development will renovate the existing residential towers and produce a new residential building between them. 394 existing units will be rehabilitated with 11 new units introduced into the structures at 2640 N Sheffield Avenue and 2720 N Sheffield Avenue. The renovations will include interior upgrades and minimal exterior work.
The new building will rise six floors and hold 80 new residences. Rising 85 feet, the new unit mix will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The two existing towers are for senior housing, with new units not being restricted by age. Approximately 50 of the units will be CHA-supported affordable units, 20 residences will be market-rate, and the final ten will be affordable, funded through other methods.
Currently providing 29 parking spaces, the updated housing project will offer a total of 50 parking spaces, adding 21 new ones. A new parking configuration with most access from the alley will be arranged. Landscaping improvements will be implemented on the site, and 110 bike parking spaces will be located on the site split between exterior bike racks and indoor bike parking in the new construction.
The Diversey CTA L station, serviced by the Brown and Purple Lines, is a three-minute walk away. The 76 CTA bus, accessible at the Diversey CTA L station, can also be reached by a three-minute walk. The 8 CTA bus route, accessed at the Halsted and Diversey stop, is an eight-minute walk away.
Leopardo Companies and Ujamaa Construction are the general contractors joint venturing for the construction. Expected to span 38 months, the residential construction will be split into three phases. Phase one of the project will mainly consist of prep work, reworking parking, and installing fences on site. Lasting 18 months, the second phase will see the renovation of the structure at 2640 N Sheffield Avenue and will begin construction on the new building. Foundations will be poured and the tower crane will be erected as the structure goes vertical.
As the first two buildings near completion, the project will transition to phase three. Expected to last 18 months and start 20 months into the process, the phase will consist of renovations to the existing tower at 2720 N Sheffield Avenue. Planned to begin June 2021, all construction will be wrapped up in August 2024.
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the design is so clunky…..why isn’t their more pride by the builder, inserting new construction into a neighborhood, more thoughtful about their legacy……
This is par for the course for modern day Chicago standards. Chicago is in an overly prolonged period of banality and it would take a revolution for developers to ever embrace innovative or even thoughtful design again. Something like a modern day Mies Van der Rohe equivalent yet with an opposing philosophy would need to leave a lasting legacy on the city moving forward to reverse this new normal.