City Celebrates Two Years Of Invest South/West

Rendering of The Ave winning proposal in Humboldt Park by Gensler

The City of Chicago and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are celebrating two years of the Invest South/West initiative across the city. The program launched in 2019 with $750 million in public funding for projects across 12 commercial corridors in 10 south- and west-side communities aimed at creating jobs, improving safety, and providing housing options. With many winners announced in the last two years, the projects have also spurred plenty of private developments in areas being reinvigorated by the program.

Over view of some of the Invest South/West sites by City of Chicago

After two years, the city has managed to contribute $1.4 billion to city projects along with Invest South/West with half coming from private financial contributions from the likes of BMO Harris, JP Morgan Chase, and even Starbucks. The first 10 RFP’s gathering over $318 million in planned mixed-use proposals in areas like Humboldt Park, South Shore, and North Lawndale with 180 community roundtables, 18 public agencies collaborating, six historical buildings being preserved, and the creation of four business centers on priority corridors.

Map of the first ten winners of Invest South/West RFP’s by City of Chicago, some prices have changed

Combined, the projects will create over 300 permanent jobs and construct over 350 residential units, many of them focusing on affordable housing including spaces for business incubators, health services, public libraries, and more. Over all the projects collected over 200 responses from different firms with more than 90 community partners. The first 10 projects include:

  • The AveHumboldt Park: A $25.3 million development by KMW Communities split into three phases with two buildings holding 82 residential units designed by Gensler.
  • Team Pioneros – Humboldt Park: A $53.9 million development by Park Row Development designed by JGMA that will restore the historic Pioneer Bank Building with a colorful 75 residential unit addition.

Rendering of Team Pioneros design by JGMA

United Yards. Rendering by DesignBridge

Rendering of 1515 W 47th Street by DesignBridge

  • United YardsNew City: A $60 million project by Celadon Partners that will rehab a historical building, add a new apartment building, and renovate others, with a total of 80 new residential units designed by DesignBridge.
  • Englewood ConnectEnglewood: A $10 million proposal by McLaurin Development that will build multiple commercial buildings and restore a historical firehouse, all designed by SOM and TNS Studio.
Interior of Phase 2 of Englewood Connect Vision. Rendering by SOM and TNS Studio

Interior of Phase 2 of Englewood Connect Vision. Rendering by SOM and TNS Studio

Thrive Exchange site view by DL3 Realty

New Metra station on 79th Street and images of community outreach for Invest South/West by City of Chicago

The popularity of Invest South/West, which places an emphasis on minority- and women-owned businesses, has spurred plenty of private development like a new Discover customer support center in Chatham with 1,000 employees, new office spaces like The Terminal in Humboldt Park, as well as improvements to public parks, civic buildings, and community centers.

Images of Invest South/West initiatives in Austin by City of Chicago

As design progresses on all of the projects, groundbreaking is expected this year for many as they move through the permitting process. However the effort isn’t over yet, the initiative is expected to continue with recent RFP winners like the 4300 W Roosevelt Road warehouse center and a future RFP in the Roseland/Pullman area expected soon, Invest South/West will leave a legacy of impact in many of the most overlooked communities in the city.

Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail

Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews


Be the first to comment on "City Celebrates Two Years Of Invest South/West"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.