A construction permit has been issued for a new residential building at 1844 N Ridgeway Avenue in Logan Square, marking the first step in the broader Encuentro Square affordable housing plan. The approved permit calls for a six-story apartment building with 57 dwelling units, replacing a now-demolished Magid Glove and Safety factory. Under development by the Latin United Community Housing (LUCHA) and Evergreen Real Estate Group, this first phase will also feature a second four-story building with an additional 32 units. As noted in a CBS News article, 55 of these first phase units will be available to people on the Chicago Housing Authority waitlist. Meanwhile, a later phase of the project will bring the total unit count up to 187.
The unit distribution amongst the units at 1844 N Ridgeway will be 13 one-bedrooms, 35 two-bedrooms and nine three-bedrooms. Meanwhile, the design of the project by Canopy / architecture + design will come with ground floor resident amenities and a sixth floor outdoor space. The project also includes a private courtyard, play areas, and a separate tenant-only parking lot. The parking lot will provide space for 46 cars.
The location offers transit accessibility for several options nearby. The 73 bus line is just a five-minute walk away, while Routes 53 and 72 are also within a 10-minute walking distance. The site is also at the western terminus of the elevated 606 trail, which will eventually provide direct access to Lincoln Yards at the east end.
The general contractor is Leopardo, with a reported construction cost of $26.8 million as per the filing. The first phase is expected to cost a total of $49.3 million according to a 2022 article by Urbanize. An estimated completion date for the building or broader masterplan has not been officially announced.