The Community Development Commission has approved a ground lease for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago at 4433 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park. Located along W Chicago Avenue, the property is midblock between N Kostner Avenue and N Kilbourn Avenue. Measuring 30,000 square feet, the site is within the 30-acre Joint Public Safety Training Academy. The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago are behind the proposal.
Planned to span 18,000 square feet, the new construction will yield a two-story community and youth education center. The new building will be a portion of Phase 1A on the larger site. This phase will include the new center and two restaurants. Expected to be a Peach’s Restaurant and Culver’s, the two suburban-style outlet restaurants will be placed across from the new youth center.
The original layout for the parcel would have had an expansive parking lot with the new structure disjointed from the main academy building. The area would lack any pedestrian amenities. This revised plan moves the restaurants together and creates a series of plazas around them, creating a friendly pedestrian connection to the community and connecting the new community center to the main academy building.
The new project will offer programming ranging from childhood education, teen programming, and cultural arts to fitness programs, summer camps, daycare, and after school/school partnership programs. Specialty classrooms will combine art and science, while an official size gymnasium will be provided. A green roof will top the structure, which will include a community kitchen to teach and feed local youth.
The approved ground lease will last 55 years with two 10-year extension options. The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago will send $6 million on the project. It will go through the approval process requiring a hearing in front of the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.