The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a residential development at 9633 S Cottage Grove Avenue in Pullman. The project dubbed ‘Imani Senior Village’ is one of the recipients of the recent historic $1 billion funding of affordable housing, developers Trinity United Church of Christ selected Johnson and Lee Architects as the designer for the senior-focused, multi-phase development that will replace a one-story industrial building.
Consisting of two buildings, the first phase of the project will bring a five-story, 66-foot-tall residential structure containing 70 affordable units, which will be connected to a central one-story amenity building. Eventually the 20-foot-tall building containing a central courtyard will also connect to the second residential structure that will hold 63 additional units to be built at a later phase.
The units will be split into 13 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom units offered at 30 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), as well as 47 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom units offered at 60 percent or less of the AMI. The apartments themselves will be 577 square feet in size for the one-bedrooms and 760 to 782 square feet for the two-bedrooms. It is worth noting these units will not have in-unit laundry but will utilize a communal room on the first floor.
Future residents will have access to a variety of on-site amenities including vending areas, private storage, library/business center, wellness center, fitness center, a salon, small gathering pavilion, cart storage, and a rooftop deck. The project will also deliver 44 vehicle parking spaces with a further 18 spaces to be added in phase two.
The metal panel clad building will require extensive rezoning as it will be built on land that is part of an industrial corridor prior to groundbreaking as well as approval from City Council to move forward. With a price tag of $22 million, the developers hope to break ground in late 2022 with a 12-month construction timeline and a 2023 opening date.