A 95-foot-tall high rise is coming to West Town, with City Council approving plans this week for a new affordable housing development at 1203 N California Avenue. Led by Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the nine-story building at the southeast corner of Humboldt Park will contain 2,500 square feet of retail topped by 64 affordable rental dwellings. The site, currently an empty lot, originally had plans submitted under the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Available listings will be distributed into three pools: 31 units for those making under 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), 18 units under 50 percent AMI, and 14 units under 60 percent AMI. As for the floor plan sizes, there will be nine one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms, and 40 three-bedroom apartments. Residents will have access to various amenities, such as a fitness center and community room on the ground floor, as well as an outdoor terrace with private gardens on the second floor.
Pappageorge Haymes Partners has envisioned a classically-leaning appearance, with its front facade made up of brick and stone. A cylindrical turret will occupy the most prominent corner of the massing, rising the building’s full height above the Division & California intersection. Meanwhile along the exposed northern wall will be a large mural display area.
The structure will also build in environmentally-friendly components that will culminate in an Energy Star certification. This includes exceeding energy code standards by 10 percent, outperforming baseline stormwater requirements by 25 percent, planting more than 50 percent green roof, reducing indoor water usage by 25 percent, providing electric vehicle charging, and installing CTA bus signage.
There will be a parking garage in the base of the building with room for 19 parking spaces and 49 bike slots. There is also available bus service for Routes 70 and 94 at the adjacent Division & California intersection.
As noted in an article this week by Urbanize Chicago, the project is now fully approved to rise, and will begin construction this summer once financing is secured. Regarding permits, the developer has submitted a caisson filing that still needs to be approved.