A bill in 2021 was introduced to create a new national heritage area in Bronzeville dedicated to its significance in the nation’s culture. The two bills H.R. 670 and S.511 are now being reviewed by a subcommittee on National Parks before being voted on by the House and senate respectively. The bills would create the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area, becoming one of three in the state and are backed by US Representative Bobby Rush, who recently announced won’t be seeking a 16th term, and Senator Dick Durbin.
Exterior renovation can be seen making headway at Carman Hall, located at 60 E 32nd Street within the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Bronzeville. Originally designed by the famed German architect Ludgwig Mies van Der Rohe, the nine-story dormitory building was completed in 1955. Recently, the midcentury residential building sat unused and in need of repair.
Structural work has reached full height for a new amenity clubhouse, located within the Prairie Shores apartment complex in Bronzeville. Nested between two of the apartment towers, the building will replace former surface parking and reside under the address 2937 S Martin Luther King Drive.
This week, a construction permit received approval for a new six-unit residential building located at 4040 S Indiana Avenue in Bronzeville. The property is currently occupied by a vacant lot, residing just north of the intersection of Indiana & 41st Street. The filing is listed under the owner Immobilaire Western LLC, and did not indicate the planned number of floors.
A caisson permit has been issued for a new 10-story mid-rise, known as 43Green, located at 4308 S Calumet Avenue in Bronzeville. This mixed-use development, co-planned by The Habitat Company and P3 Markets, will offer 5,000 square feet of commercial space, along with 99 apartments on the above floors. Of these units, 50 will be designated as the affordable, while the remaining residences will be market rate. Layouts range from studios up through two-bedrooms.