Exterior work has now reached the sixth floor for a 10-story mixed-use building in Bronzeville known as 43Green. Bordering the intersection of Calumet & 43rd Street under the address 4308 S Calumet Avenue, this 96,000 square-foot project is easily one of the neighborhood’s largest new construction projects. Developers P3 Markets and The Habitat Company have scoped out 99 for-rent apartment units atop 5,000 square feet of ground-level retail.
Chicago YIMBY wants to highlight some of the preservation wins seen across the city in the last few years, with updates as of late having demonstrated the importance of preserving the city’s architectural legacy. Recent examples include the Washington Park National Bank redevelopment in Woodlawn where the redesign now incorporates the existing facade after locals demanded it be saved, and Epworth Church in Edgewater where buyers pulled their demolition application this week. Varying in sizes, restoration projects keep the city’s history alive in a tangible way for many.
Remaining facade work is approaching completion for the new two-story amenity clubhouse at Prairie Shores, a five-building apartment complex in Bronzeville. Co-developers Golub & Company and Farpoint Development had purchased the complex in 2019 for $180 million, having partnered with Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. This acquisition kicked off a string of renovations throughout the property, including interior renovations of the 1,675 residences, landscaping improvements, and common area upgrades.
Initial plans have been revealed for a new elevated park trail spanning the length of an abandoned Kenwood CTA tracks in Bronzeville. Plans for a recreation space on the aging infrastructure have been discussed as far back as 2005 and recently started solidifying with the creation of the Bronzeville Trail Task Force (BTTF) in 2020 to begin the community outreach and fundraising efforts to execute the concept. The task force is currently working on preliminary studies and budgets while seeking a formal designer for the project as well.
Funding has been approved for the construction of a new performing arts center at 4343 S Cottage Grove Avenue in Bronzeville. Located just north of the intersection with E 44th Street, the center will utilize an existing two-story masonry clad building on the Bronzeville Cultural Corridor. The project was conceptualized by local actor Harry Lennix who is working with developer Keith Giles, investor Mike Wordlaw, and local firm Nia Architects on the design of what Lennix envisions to become the “Black Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.”