A pair of concrete cores can be seen topped out along Roosevelt Avenue in the Illinois Medical District, a development known as “The Foglia Residences” is currently undergoing construction. This nine-story mixed-use construction at 1134 S Wood Street is a collaboration between the Chicago Lighthouse (which is a non-profit serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and veterans since 1906), Brinshore Development, and Landon Bone Baker Architects.
The 98-foot-tall building will offer 76 affordable residential units, including 18 studios, 40 one-bedroom, and 18 two-bedroom apartments. Although primarily targeting the communities served by Chicago Lighthouse, these units will not be exclusively reserved for them. Ten units will be allocated for veterans, and 40 will feature accommodations for visually impaired or blind individuals.
The apartments will cater to those earning 30, 60, and 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with the Chicago Housing Authority supporting all 19 units intended for those at the 30 percent AMI level. As a pioneering residential project of its kind, it specifically addresses the needs of the blind and visually impaired. Located next to the Chicago Lighthouse-operated call center, the building also offers employment opportunities for the blind, who face an 80 percent unemployment rate.
There will also be 1,500 square feet of retail, as well as both a gym and lobby common areas. There will be a total of 58 parking spaces housed within the first three levels. Outside, the building’s exterior design includes a mix of brick, colored fiber cement paneling, and perforated metal.
Beyond the 58 parking spaces, other transit options include the CTA Pink Line at Polk Station, which is a six-minute walk northeast. Also in the area are various bus lines such as Routes 7, 9, X9, 12, 50, 157, and 755.
The project is funded through Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, multi-family loans from the Department of Housing, Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits, and tax-exempt bonds. McShane Construction leads the project targeting a completion for mid-2024.