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.
Updated plans have been revealed for the Englewood Connect Invest South/West development in Englewood. The winning project for the RFP was selected earlier this year and is now back with updated phasing plans and further details on each part of the design. Sitting north of the existing Whole Foods near the intersection of S Peoria Drive and S Halsted Street, developers McLaurin Development and Farpoint Development tapped Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and TNS Studio to design the large complex.
A demolition permit has been issued for a two-story frame residence and a detached frame garage located at 427 W 60th Street in the Englewood neighborhood. The permit’s owners have been listed as Norfolk Southern Railway Co. At the time of this writing, no plans appear to have been submitted to upgrade any of the zoning designations for this property and there are currently no permits for any future constructions.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved the rehabilitation of the old Engine Company 84, Truck 51 firehouse at 6204 S Green Street in Englewood. Led by developer Englewood Connect LLC, the renovation is the first phase of the larger 4.28-acre project hoping to bring a healthy lifestyle hub to the neighborhood near the existing Whole Foods. Designers Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took into consideration the historical design of the building many in the Fire Department refer to as ‘The Castle’.
An emergency demolition permit has been issued for a two-story, multi-unit building in the Engelwood neighborhood. The permit’s owner has been listed as the City of Chicago. As of now, no plans appear to have been submitted to upgrade the zoning designation for the property or for any future constructions.