Facade work has commenced at the Pedro Albizu Campos Apartments, a mixed-use development located at 1203 N California Avenue in Humboldt Park. This nine-story, 83,000-square-foot building, dedicated to Puerto Rican activist Pedro Albizu Campos, stands across from the Humboldt Park grounds on a site previously occupied by an empty lot. The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (HHDC) is leading the project, with Pappageorge Haymes as the architect and Path Construction as the general contractor.
The building will feature 2,500 square feet of retail space on the ground level and 64 affordable housing units above. Amenities will include an outdoor terrace with gardening areas on the second floor, communal spaces such as a hall, entrance foyer, laundry area, and an exercise room, along with bicycle storage for 49 bikes and a parking area for 19 vehicles, equipped with EV charging stations.
The exterior design incorporates red brick and stone masonry, highlighted by a stone-clad rounded turret on the southwest corner and a mural spanning the north facade.
This $40 million Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is supported by multiple public and private entities, including the City of Chicago Department of Housing, the Chicago Housing Authority, Merchants Capital, and ComEd’s Affordable Housing New Construction program. The location offers proximity to CTA bus Routes 70 and 94, along with bicycle lanes and nearby Divvy Stations.
Established in 1975, the HHDC has successfully developed 59 affordable housing projects and presently oversees more than 8,000 units across 550 buildings. It also administers a scholarship fund dedicated to Latino graduate students pursuing community development. This latest project by the organization is anticipated for next year.