The Committee on Design has reviewed the mixed-use development at 935 E 63rd Street in Woodlawn. Located on the intersection with S Ingleside Avenue and replacing a block-long vacant lot, the project was the winning entry of the Department of Planning and Development’s Woodlawn RFQ earlier this year. Dubbed ‘Woodlawn Social’, the proposal is being led by a team made-up of Tandem Ventures, KMW Communities, and POAH with KoningEizenberg and HED Architects as the designers.
The design team tackled the long unique site by splitting it up with three-separate structure connected in the rear by 26-vehicle parking spaces accessed directly from the alley. Each building will vary in height and appear to be made up of two sandwiched pieces, the tallest of which will be six-stories and all will feature angled facades that cantilever as it rises. In total there will be 70-residences split between affordable rentals and for-sale townhomes.
Between each of the three will be a courtyard that allows sunlight to permeate into all parts of the development, with the northern courtyard being for residents only while the southern in public. Flanking both sides of the public are the two tallest structures holding 8,500 square-feet of divisible commercial space wrapping around the multi-use plaza, above will be 60-residential units made up of 36 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and 8 three-bedroom layouts.
The two towers will be connected in the middle via a diamond shaped walkway, with residents having access to a rooftop deck in the center building. The private courtyard will lead to ground floor apartments as well as to the third building containing 10 for-sale townhomes, these are split evenly between two- and three-bedroom layouts. The four-story structure will have two levels of duplexes with those on the ground having a small patio, and those above a small rooftop deck.
Clad in a white brick facade accented with wood panel window frames and panels, the ground floor will bring in transparency with a curtain wall storefront system. Overall the committee spoke highly of the design commending the team on the unique form and multi-building approach, with most of the concerns being centered around the potential value engineering of the facade and location of the retail spaces.
With over 10,000 square-feet of open space, the public and residents will be able to enjoy the new anchor of the community which hopes to spur a second phase across the street and other developments around them. Currently the $48.8 million project will need all other city approvals prior to moving forward, partially securing its funding via TIF and LIHTC money. Currently the team hopes to potentially break ground in mid-2024.