Plans For Bank Redevelopment In Woodlawn Move Forward

Rendering of new proposed mixed-use building at 6300 S Cottage Grove Avenue by bKL Architecture

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.

Historical image of 6300 S Cottage Grove Avenue via Preservation Chicago

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.

Corner rendering of 6300 S Cottage Grove Avenue by bKL Architecture

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.

Current view of 6300 S Cottage Grove Avenue via Preservation Chicago

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.

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2 Comments on "Plans For Bank Redevelopment In Woodlawn Move Forward"

  1. So pleased that this building will be saved and restored, hopefully it will still be recognizable as the original Washington Park
    National Bank as the anchor that it was and continues to be for the our community. A Good Thing!

  2. There is so much new development happening around the cottage grove green line station. Love to see it!

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