A groundbreaking ceremony occurred this past week in East Garfield Park with the commencement of the Fifth City Commons affordable housing project. This redevelopment targets an underutilized plot, nestled in the city’s West Side at 3155 West 5th Avenue. Realized by Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc (POAH), the new construction will consist of a three-story edifice providing 43 for-rent apartments and 4,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The Committee on Design has reviewed the mixed-use development at 935 E 63rd Street in Woodlawn. Located on the intersection with S Ingleside Avenue and replacing a block-long vacant lot, the project was the winning entry of the Department of Planning and Development’s Woodlawn RFQ earlier this year. Dubbed ‘Woodlawn Social’, the proposal is being led by a team made-up of Tandem Ventures, KMW Communities, and POAH with KoningEizenberg and HED Architects as the designers.
The City of Chicago has announced plans to remodel and convert the Diplomat Motel at 5230 N Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square. Located towards the northernmost edge of the neighborhood, the building has served as one of the few remaining motels in the city with a unique neon mural on its streetfront. Now the City Council has voted to approve the purchase of the property in order to convert it into stabilization housing in collaboration with the Department of Public Health.
With its construction permit now issued, a new mixed-use development is set to rise in the center of Lincoln Square at 4715 N Western Avenue. This six-story building, led by The Community Builders, will integrate both retail and new affordable units into what is currently a parking lot.
Initial details have been revealed for the next phase of the Cabrini Green redevelopment at 1450 N Larrabee Street in Old Town. Located towards the western-most edge of the neighborhood, the large wedged-shaped lot is bordered by angled N Clybourn Avenue on the west side. The project is being pushed by the Chicago Housing Authority with a development group made up of Pennrose Properties, Hunt Companies, Imagine Group, and a Cabrini-Green resident group, with JGMA serving as the architect.