The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a mixed-use development at 1203 N California Avenue in Humboldt Park. Located on the corner with W Division Street, the project replaces an empty lot and is being developed by the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation with architects Pappageorge Haymes Partners. Rising on Paseo Boricua, the building will contribute to the growing neighborhood with an 89 percent Latino population.
The nine-story, 95-foot-tall structure will rise above its neighbors, the tallest of which is located across the street and topping out at 61 feet. Inside, the development will deliver 64 affordable apartments with views onto Humboldt Park across the street. Layouts will be made up of nine one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms, and 40 three-bedroom units. All of those will also be offered at different tiers of affordability with 31 units offered at or less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), 18 at or less than 50 percent AMI, and 14 at or less than 60 percent AMI.
The building will also deliver a 19-car parking garage on the first floor with access from the adjacent public alley. There will be four electric vehicle charging stations for sustainability along with 49 bicycle parking spaces. Next to the garage will be a 3,220-square-foot commercial space facing Division Street along with a community room, management office, and gym for resident use. The second floor will also have a 5,310-square-foot outdoor deck with gardens to grow food and plenty of recreation space.
Future residents will have access to various bus transit options with CTA Routes 70 and 94 directly outside the front door. Funding for the project is expected to be finalized by early 2022 with financing already being awarded from the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Groundbreaking is expected for summer 2022.