The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has revealed the finalist for their Woodlawn RFQ. Located predominantly at 935 E 63rd Street between S Ingleside Avenue on the west and S Greenwood Avenue on the east, the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) is made up of two currently vacant lots across the street from each other.
The Woodlawn RFQ was based on three major points; continue the revitalization of Woodlawn with new mixed-use buildings; leverage ongoing investments by the Obama Center, U of C, and other institutions; and provide new housing and retail opportunities for Woodlawn residents. The DPD received three different proposals from various development groups, all of which only show plans for the Site 1 south of 63rd Street and will include a large affordable housing component.
Team: Evergreen Real Estate Group, Imagine Development Group, John Ronan Architects, and Design Workshop
This team brings plenty of experience in similar projects including their winning entry for Invest South/West. Here they are proposing a design made up of four structures that jut out from one another bringing forth 88,800 square feet of mixed-income space. It would rise five stories and contain 62 residential units made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts. This would be joined by 9,970 square feet of commercial space aimed at a daycare, a public plaza across the front, a private children’s play area, and 39 parking spaces for vehicles.
Team: Micheals, DL3 Realty, Canopy Architecture, Teeple Architects, and Sunshine Enterprises
Deploying a design scheme of stacked cubes atop a glass base, the six-story, 92,000-square-foot mixed-income lowrise will rise 70 feet tall and contain 73 residential units made up of live/work units with street fronts, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts. Residents and visitors alike would have access to an active base with a 7,300-square-foot commercial space for a brewpub and a small pop-up slot as well. There would also be 33 vehicle parking spaces. Sunshine Enterprises would provide financial services and business advice for residents.
Team: Tandem Ventures, KoningEizenberg, KMW Communities, POAH, and HED Architects
Utilizing a large glass-filled base with public use, the five-story proposal is topped by three masonry-clad masses with angular facades of different heights. Delivering 69,900 square feet of space, the structure will hold 70 residential units split between 60 apartments made up of one-, two, and three-bedroom layouts, and 10 for-sale townhomes. These would be joined by 8,500 square feet of commercial space which the team is working with various restaurant groups to occupy, 9,000 square feet of public space, 10,000 square feet of private open space, and 26 vehicle parking spaces.
All of the projects are proposing utilizing multiple local organizations to provide services to future and area residents as well including entrepreneurship training, all in hopes to increase the time dollars spend within the community. Future tenants will also have bus access to CTA Routes 4, 59, and 63, as well as the CTA Green Line at Cottage Grove station all within a five-minute walk. A public meeting about the three proposals will be held on February 16 where more details will be revealed, at the moment no selection or construction timeline has been made public.
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Very impressive creativity compared to what is normally proposed for these types of competitions.
Woodlawn Social and Elevate Ellis are the type of expressive architecture that should be commonplace in Chicago. These buildings are worlds apart from Hannah, 360 Design Studio or Space Architects. Buildings like these catching in would put us more in line with NY and London.
Completely agree. Not only from the design aesthetic, but also from how they address the streets around them for the people that live there and will interact with it inside and out. I’d like to see the ratio of car storage space to living space be vastly reduced, especially in the first design, but that’s a nitpick for these otherwise excellent building designs.
A breath of fresh air! Superior socially (affordable, varieties) —and architecturally— to what we’ve come to expect.
Really love these designs, my top choices are the third one then the first one, but I’d be really happy to see any of these being built. Great urban form, and great design.
@ UnionMade, 100% agree. My favorites by far. Big developers and architectural firms should note that these low rises are light years ahead of almost all their mid/high-rise designs.