A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the affordable mixed-use development at 6300 S Maryland Avenue in Woodlawn. Located on the southeast corner with S Maryland Avenue, the proposal is the first project being built under the Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance which was approved in mid 2020. Dubbed Park Station, developer DL3 Realty, who is behind other projects in Woodlawn and Englewood has partnered with local firm FitzGerald Associates on the structure’s design.
Approved by the Chicago Plan Commission late last year, it will be replacing an empty lot with a new five-story-tall building rising above 50 feet. Its ground floor will contain three retail spaces along E 63rd Street, two large live/work units on the corner, a leasing office, entrance lobby, community room, business center, large tenant storage room, and fitness room. There will also be a 50-bicycle parking room, and 40 vehicle parking spaces within a new surface lot in the rear of the structure, a relatively high number for being a Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
The remaining floors will hold 58 residential units made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts along with the two aforementioned live/work apartments. Of those, around 70 percent or 41 units will be offered as affordable with nine units each for those making under 30 and 50 percent Area Median Income (AMI) and the remaining 23 units for those making under 60 percent AMI. The building itself will be clad in brick, multi-colored fiber cement panels, cast stone accents, and dark green metal siding with vinyl windows.
Future residents will have access to the CTA Green Line Cottage Grove station via a two-minute walk, giving it its TOD classification along with bus service for Routes 4 and 63 within a five-minute walk. The $31 million development will be utilizing nearly $20 million Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity as well as TIF and Chicago HOME funds. The team at DL3 Realty has brought on Ujamaa Construction and Brown & Momen as the general contractors who will oversee the construction expected to wrap up in a year in November 2023.