Initial details and a community feedback survey have been revealed for upcoming renovations to the 79th Street corridor in Auburn Gresham. As part of the greater Invest South/West initiative that is also bringing two multi-unit buildings nearby, the project aims to refresh an area of W 79th Street from S Fielding Avenue to S Paulina Street and a smaller section of S Halsted Street from W 78th Street to W 80th Street. The plan was unveiled at a recent community meeting and is being led by Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) with Spaan Tech Inc, Jacobs Engineering Group, and Site Design Group among others.
The City of Chicago and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are celebrating two years of the Invest South/West initiative across the city. The program launched in 2019 with $750 million in public funding for projects across 12 commercial corridors in 10 south- and west-side communities aimed at creating jobs, improving safety, and providing housing options. With many winners announced in the last two years, the projects have also spurred plenty of private developments in areas being reinvigorated by the program.
The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning for a new community center at 1219 W 87th Street in Auburn Gresham. Developed on a partially empty lot by the Progressive Beluah Pentecostal Church, the project dubbed The Progressive Manor Community Center will cater to local youth with aftercare programs and spotting facilities. The center is designed by Blue Line Architecture as an addition to an existing one-story building.
Plans have been filed with the Committee on Zoning for a new community and youth center at 1219 W 87th Street in Auburn Gresham. Sitting just southeast of the corner with S Elizabeth Street, the new center will partially replace an existing one-story building which was recently purchased by the Progressive Beulah Pentecostal Church after a lengthy fundraising campaign. The new structure is being designed by local design firm Blue Lines Architecture with general contractor Praxis Construction Inc out of Wheeling.
Revised plans have been revealed for the Auburn Gresham Invest South/West proposal to the Committee on Design. Split into two sites at 757 W 79th Street and 838 W 79th Street, developers Evergreen Real Estate and Imagine Group have teamed up with Ross Barney Architects and Nia Architects to revise the previously single site project to its new iteration. The project is one of the winners announced this spring from a 2020 RFP of the growing Invest South/West initiative and will offer affordable residential units to the neighborhood.