Plans for the mixed-use redevelopment at 6300 S Cottage Grove Avenue in Woodlawn are set to be reviewed at this month’s zoning meeting. Located on the intersection with E 63rd Street, the project will restore and expand the old Washington Park National Park Bank building at the heart of the neighborhood. This work is being led by developer DL3 Realty who tapped local firm bKL Architecture for its design.
Announced over two-years ago after the city took ownership of the site in 2019, original plans called for the building’s demolition but have since gone through multiple iterations before the current proposal. This will rehab the four-story 1924-built building designed by Albert A. Schwartz in the Neoclassical-style, restoring much of its classical facade while constructing a new structure behind it.
Rising six-stories tall in total, the new structure will bring 70,000 square-feet of space mostly dedicated towards Class A office, the first on the South Side in 30 years. The ground floor will feature a new entrance with renovated retail space which neighbors hope will be for a new restaurant or bank. Its zoning application also reveals that a library may be part of the reconstruction plans.
Art will also be a part of the building along with a potential rooftop deck, with the new addition rising at the center being clad in glass with bronze-colored metal panel spandrels. The overall development has a total cost of $40 million, with $5 million being recently approved in the form of Community Development Grants. While no groundbreaking has been set, earlier details called for a 2025 completion date.