Initial details have been revealed for the next phase of the Cabrini Green redevelopment at 1450 N Larrabee Street in Old Town. Located towards the western-most edge of the neighborhood, the large wedged-shaped lot is bordered by angled N Clybourn Avenue on the west side. The project is being pushed by the Chicago Housing Authority with a development group made up of Pennrose Properties, Hunt Companies, Imagine Group, and a Cabrini-Green resident group, with JGMA serving as the architect.
The large parcel of land was once the home of Near North Career Metropolitan High School, opening in 1979 as a replacement for nearby Cooley High School. Eventually closing in 2001 as it suffered from dwindling attendance with 89 percent of the student body being from Cabrini Green when its closure was announced. Although the current redevelopment was announced in 2017, the high school was not demolished until 2020 when the city approved $4 million for it, since then funding has held up the project and delayed its construction.
However the CHA has now filed a zoning application with the city for the nearly seven-acre site, revealing that the project will be split into three phases containing 742 residential units and 20,000 square feet of commercial space. This will start with the extension of N Ogden Avenue north replacing the existing alley, allowing access to the development’s internal road. Joining the road will be the first set of buildings occupying the center of the site, consisting of a 10-story and eight-story structure rising 98 feet at its tallest.
These buildings will sit on a 139,000-square-foot plot of land with some ground-floor duplexes and outdoor terraces created as the structures set back. One of the more unique features will be a large cut through the ground floor of the southern building, allowing for a pedestrian connection between the two ends of the development. There will be a total of 345 units within this first phase with roughly 5,000 square feet of commercial space, this is joined by 174-vehicle parking spaces with landscaped medians and small plazas.
The second phase will bring an additional two buildings with a V-shaped structure on the southernmost corner north of an existing clinic on the intersection as well as one along Clybourn Avenue, both of which will rise eight stories and 79 feet in height. This phase will contain 181 residential units and roughly 15,000 of the commercial space. The third and final phase will consist of two thinner structures in the rear of the site facing the park, no design was shown for these and do not appear in the renderings, but will contain 216 residential units.
The gradient-orange panel facade will create a dynamic look with inset balconies and some even larger terraces, with small plazas and green spaces spread across the site. Currently the final unit type mix is unknown, but the development will be considered mixed-income with a large amount of affordable units. Most likely funded via TIF money from the Near North Side district, no further details are known and no construction timeline was revealed.