Final exterior work is wrapping up on Casa Durango, a five-story mixed-use building located at 1850 S Racine Avenue in Pilsen. The developer, known as The Resurrection Project, has planned for 1,610 square feet of retail and 37 affordable residential units. The project name “Casa Durango” actually embodies two separate construction project, the other being an affordable 16-unit, three-story building to the southwest at 2010 S Ashland Avenue.
The project is expected to bring much needed retail space and affordable housing to the community. The rezoning of the site in 2019 from B3-2 Community Shopping District to B2-3 Neighborhood Mixed-Use District allowed the developer to build an additional 16 units of affordable housing as part of a broader 53-unit affordable housing plan.
Units will range from one- to three-bedroom floor plans, designed for those making up to 60 percent of the area median income.
DesignBridge is the architect, whose facade will primarily be red brickwork with accompanying metal paneling along the fifth floor. There will also be a multi-story mosaic mural along the southeast corner, whose concrete backdrop can be seen in photos.
The building is steps away from Route 18 and a 15-minute walk to the Pink Line at 18th station. Linn-Mathes is serving as general contractor, with work expected to complete before the end of this year.