New details have been revealed for a mixed-use development at 7603 N Paulina Street in Rogers Park. Located on the northeast corner with W Howard Street, the multi-phase project will replace a large one-story commercial building and eventually a historical multi-story storage building dating back to the 1920s and its adjacent parking lot. Developer Housing For All LLC is leading the effort for the affordable workforce housing proposal which was designed by Cordogan Clark & Associates.
Phase one and two of the development will each bring a six-story structure whose combined first floor will feature an entrance lobby and 14,968 square feet of retail space. This will be targeted at the businesses currently occupying the existing building including a currency exchange and post office, while bringing additional space for new shops. There also currently is no parking proposed as the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is directly across the street from the end of CTA Red Line at the Howard station.
Above that will be a combined 110 residential units, split evenly between the phases, made up of 16 studios, 24 one-bedrooms, 42 two-bedrooms, and 28 three-bedrooms layouts. All of which will be affordable with 88 of them being offered to those making less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 22 units being offered to those making less than 30 percent AMI. As for the exterior, two different options were presented, one relying on multi-colored metal panels with an offset corner, and one clad with a simple cream masonry and inset windows.
Future residents will have access to the aforementioned Red Line station and PACE bus service for Routes 215, 250, 290, and 422 as well as CTA bus service for Routes 22, 97, 147, 201, 206 all within a three-minute walk. Funding for the project is being sought from the Illinois Housing Development Authority and potentially the Chicago Department of Housing. It will now need to seek approval as a Planned Development prior to being able to break ground on the first phase, with anticipated move-in dates planned for late 2025. The 49th ward presentation for the proposal can be found here.