The Community Development Commission has approved a supportive housing development located at 3346 W Carroll Avenue in East Garfield Park. Currently a vacant lot, the project site is an infill site along W Carroll Avenue, just off of N Homan Avenue. The property backs up to the westbound Metra tracks. Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a local nonprofit organization, will be developing the building.
Designed by Deconstruct Architecture, the new construction will be a three-story residential building. Holding 14 affordable apartments, the unit breakdown will be made up of two- and three-bedroom dwellings. According to the non-profit, tenants will sign one-year leases and will pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent. In cases where tenants have no income, the complex is prepared to accept zero rent.
The design of the building consists of a masonry structure and facade, with the building planned in a U-shape. The site will include 14 parking spaces while also offering a community garden and a playground. Residential amenities include a lounge, a laundry room, childcare facilities, and an exercise room.
The commission approved a measure to sell the city-owned properties at 3346-3348 W Carroll Avenue to the nonprofit and to provide financial assistance to remediate the site. The land sale will need final approval by the Chicago City Council. A timeline for the project has not been announced.
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Gentrification is moving westward!
The apartments could potentially go for zero rent. Historically supportive housing does not spur gentrification. This seems to be the best way to improve housing for those who already live in the neighborhood.
I am not being a smart alleck, but how is this gentrification?
EGP seems to be getting different types of housing. There’s at least couple new SFRs being built, a few new multi-family buildings and a ton of rehabs on existing buildings. This type of housing may not be lucrative but *may* support a more stable neighborhood. Considering this is a good distance away from west loop, a more varied housing stock seems realistically sustainable.