The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning of a mixed-used development at 201 S Kedzie Avenue in East Garfield Park. The project dubbed ‘Garfield Green’ recently received its Plan Commission approval and will be located across two empty lots on the corner with S Fifth Avenue and split into two phases. Developer Preservation of Affordable Housing worked with Perkins + Will as well as Nia Architects on the design which takes height cues from the adjacent Marshall Metro High School.
The 67,888-square-foot property will be rezoned from C1-3 Neighborhood Commercial District to that of a Planned Development which will allow for work to commence once permits are applied and issued for the city-owned land. When finished, the two buildings will deliver up to 81 affordable residential units along with plenty of ground-floor commercial space and 32 vehicle parking spaces.
The southern lot will be built during phase one and will initially yield 42 affordable apartments consisting of one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts from 635 to 1,255 square feet in size along with a 4,315-square-foot commercial space, and community kitchen. The building also has the opportunity to add an extra floor with eight additional units. Although less information has been revealed for the second phase, it will include a similar three-story structure with 31 affordable units that will either be condos or a cooperative project.
With solar panels, rooftop gardens, farming spaces, and plenty of collaborative spaces, the project which won the C40 Reinventing Cities competition will revitalize an often forgotten area with new opportunities for those there. The $25 million project was originally scheduled to break ground in late 2021, however the recent approval shows work is expected to begin soon with Skender Construction at the helm.