Initial details have been revealed for a mixed-use development at 3831 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park. Located on the corner with N Avers Avenue, the new construction will replace a series of city-owned empty lots and three empty one-story masonry clad industrial buildings the developer now owns. The project is being led by 548 Development, who has worked on various Invest South/West proposals, with local firm Lamar Johnson Collaborative working on its modern design.
Rising four stories tall and stretching across the whole block, the new structure will deliver 60-affordable residential units to the growing area and contribute to Invest South/West’s goal of kick-starting similar projects near the selected sites. The building will also contain a community room, an arts center, and a ground level outpost of Manny’s Grocery, a South Shore based-store that specializes in African and Caribbean products according to the Sun Times, a step forward in helping end food-deserts.
The building will be highly sustainable which will also make it much more affordable to run, passing on the savings to the future residents. The structure will aim at achieving Enterprise Green Communities Plus certification, and be the largest example of passive housing design standards in Chicago. This will be achieved through the use of a large amount of solar panels, increased insulation, triple-pane windows, and more that will allow for a better control of air quality and temperature regulation.
Future residents will have direct access to CTA bus route 66 and route 53 via a five-minute walk, with the CTA Green Line Pulaski stop being a 17-minute walk away. The $30 million project is seeking $8 million in Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) to help get to its groundbreaking with local firm Powers & Son leading the construction efforts, 548 Developments hopes to break ground this coming fall with an expected opening of mid-2024.