Work has reached full height at 508 E Pershing Road, a four-story mixed-use building that recently topped out in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Planned by The Community Builders Inc, the development will house 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail with 53 residential units on the upper floors. Under the Chicago Housing Authority, 36 of these units will be affordable, with the remaining 17 residences as market rate.
According to an article by REJournals, the planned residences will be divided into 50 one-bedroom layouts and three two-bedroom layouts. These dwellings will come with in-unit laundry, plank flooring, and extra room for storage. Residents will also have access to 42 parking spaces occupying a rear surface lot, as well as bike storage. Amenities will span a total of 7,000 square feet, with space for a resident lounge, various meeting rooms, a fitness center, an additional top-floor lounge, and a dog wash.
Nia Architects and Antunovich Associates have collaborated on the design, whose rectangular massing will be set atop a stone base and will be enveloped in a mix of brick, cement, metal paneling, and metal accents. The top level will also house a setback terrace, though it is still not clear if this portion will be dedicated amenity or private resident space.
Immediate bus transit can be found for Route 39, with stops located at the adjacent corner of Pershing & Vincennes. Additional bus service for Route 3 can be found via a three-minute walk west to Pershing & Rhodes, along with Route 4 via a seven-minute walk east to Cottage Grove & Pershing. CTA L trains can also be found in the vicinity, with the Green Line at Indiana station located a 12-minute walk southwest.
The current construction is a stepping stone in a much larger master development known as Oakwood Shores. With Gensler as the commissioned architect behind the master plan, the vision will ultimately yield 2,000 mixed-income apartments and condominiums, as well as 60,000 square feet of retail across 94 acres. Already, Oakwood Shores has seen close to 900 of these units constructed, and will ultimately be completed across several phases.
James McHugh Construction Co and Brown & Momen Inc are behind 508 E Pershing Road, expected to cost $17.1 million. An anticipated completion date is penned for February 2022.