The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has announced their three finalists for the East Garfield Park RFQ. Although the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) is made up of three sites, this first phase will focus on one site across the street from The Hatchery located at 3209 W Lake Street. Right on the intersection with N Kedzie Avenue, all proposals will defer the two remaining sites onto a future development phase.
This RFQ focused on creating an integrated mixed-use development, implementing Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) principles, expanding commercial space to create a 15-minute neighborhood, promoting design excellence, and enhancing affordable housing. The three finalist are as follows:
Team: CBBC, Botanical City, Productora, JGMA
The first proposal comes to us from a team with experience in affordable housing and similar Invest South/West bids. This design will take biomimicry into its plans as it attains its inspiration from the nearby Garfield Park Conservatory and its historical surroundings. Thus rising six stories and delivering 60,020 square feet of space, the building’s massing will take an undulating shape creating unique vantage points and a continuous street wall.
Splitting the massing is a multi-story linear atrium replacing the standard double-loaded corridor; this will integrate plants across all levels as part of the concept. Within its walls will be 52 affordable residential units made up of one- and two-bedroom layouts available to those making 60 percent or less of the AMI. On the ground floor will be 6,000 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant, laundromat, and cafe complemented by six vehicle parking spaces. The team also expressed the next two phases will commence soon after.
Led by a team with the same core developers as Woodlawn’s Evergreen Imagine bid, and who are constructing an Auburn Gresham Invest South/West project, This proposal takes a similar approach and is all affordable as well. The developer will bring their food-centered experience to help locals in taking their businesses to the next level, as well as a spot for a Kleo community center which focuses on social services and employing teens during the summer months. The next phases of this development weren’t fully brought up.
The design also takes a nod from the conservatory and incorporates green roofs and outdoor spaces into every floor to promote healthier living. Yielding seven stories with 72,100 square feet of space, it will contain 60 residential units made up of one-, two-, and thee-bedroom layouts while two of those will be for-sale townhomes with direct road access. The ground level will hold a 1,700-square-foot commercial space, 32 vehicle parking spaces, and a small plaza adjacent to the train station.
Another group whose core players we saw in the Woodlawn RFQ is also bidding for this site but with a different design team. Analyzing local community areas that are succeeding such as The Hatchery and Beidler Elementary School, the team was inspired by a quilt to create a connecting point for its adjacencies. Utilizing a white masonry-clad base with a contrasting black panel low-rise, the project creates multiple stepped voids in which outdoor decks will be with plenty of landscaping and viewpoints.
Rising seven stories in total and delivering 78,000 square feet of programing, the building’s ground floor will take a food-centered approach as well with three commercial spaces containing 5,600 square feet of space aimed at restaurants and food stores. A small plaza and room for outdoor dining will be joined by 16 vehicle parking spaces, all to be capped by 63 residential units made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts with shared laundry and amenities. No comment on the two future phases was made by the developers.
Future residents of all proposals will have bus access to CTA Routes 20, 52, and 82 within a five-minute walk as well as direct access to the CTA Green Line at Kedzie station which offloads onto the development. At the moment no information on when a selection will be made, however the RFQ guide does state vertical construction must commence in 2023, here are links to the RFQ guide and finalist website.