An official groundbreaking has been held for the mixed-use development at 1959 W Lake Street in the Near West Side. Located on the intersection with N Damen Avenue adjacent to the CTA tracks and upcoming Damen Green Line station, the project dubbed Westhaven Park IID is the final phase of the greater Westhaven Park development near the United Center. Developers Brinshore Development, The Michaels Organization, and the Chicago Housing Authority worked with local firm Landon Bone Baker on its design.
Approved by the city back in 2021, the project was revived earlier this year when its general contractors were announced to be the McShane Construction Company and Ashlaur Construction. Now local representatives met on the site to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the only mid-rise of the large development, bringing needed density and affordable housing to the area. The overall structure will rise 12 stories and 136 feet in height once completed with a lower four-story side wing containing parking and entry lobby.
The 121,800-square-foot structure will be made up of two offset rectangles and the ground floor will hold a 16-vehicle parking garage, 106-bicycle storage room, and three retail spaces across the street front occupying both main corners. Above will be 96 residential units made up of one- and two-bedroom layouts, of these 63 will be affordable for those making 60 percent AMI while the remaining 33 will be market-rate apartments. All residents will have access to a fitness center, community room, and a small outdoor terrace on the second floor.
When completed the structure will be clad in white-colored precast concrete panels towards the top and dark gray panels towards the base with cream-colored accents on the windows. The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) comes with a price tag of over $40 million, with site prep work having already begun ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony just held. Now crews will work towards a previously announced completion date of September 2024, finalizing the replacement of the former Henry Horner Homes which were demolished in 2006.