The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning of a mixed-used development at 201 S Kedzie Avenue in East Garfield Park. The project dubbed ‘Garfield Green’ recently received its Plan Commission approval and will be located across two empty lots on the corner with S Fifth Avenue and split into two phases. Developer Preservation of Affordable Housing worked with Perkins + Will as well as Nia Architects on the design which takes height cues from the adjacent Marshall Metro High School.
Articles by Ian Achong
The City of Chicago has launched a new study to determine the future of N Clark Street in Sheridan Park, Winnemac, and Andersonville. The project led by the Department of Planning and Development along with the Uptown and Andersonville Chambers of Commerce will analyze the future of the commercial corridor as retail and dining experiences continue to change and evolve. Dubbed ‘Clark Street Crossroads,’ the stretch from W Montrose Avenue to the south up and W Foster Avenue to the north currently has a pedestrian street designation similar to the recently approved designation in the West Loop.
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has recently approved the site plan for a new residential development at 1323 S Wood Street in the Illinois Medical District. Located on the northeast corner with W Hastings Street, the project replaces a vacant lot at the southern edge of the larger district. Although no developer was listed, the building’s design comes from local firm Pappageorge Haymes and its site plan approval indicates it will not have to seek a Plan Commission approval.
The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning parts of W Fulton Street and W Randolph Street in the West Loop. In the latest council meeting the body approved turning select stretches of both streets into pedestrian streets, however this does not imply that they will be closed to vehicular traffic. The designation which is applied to a variety of streets in the city, including 18th Street in Pilsen, redefines what projects that will abutt the streets will need to provide moving forward.
A major change to the upcoming Old Town redevelopment of multiple lots has been confirmed by the second ward’s Alderman. The massive project being led by local developer Fern Hill was announced late last year with plans to construct various new structures across six parcels around the intersection of W North Avenue and N LaSalle Drive. The sites owned between Fern Hill and Moody Church will be replaced or added to prolific architect David Adjaye whose work includes the National Museum of African American History in Washington DC.