The Community Development Commission has approved funds and the land sale for a new mixed-use development at 3401 W Ogden Avenue in North Lawndale. Dubbed the Grace Manor Apartments, the new project on the corner of W Ogden Avenue and S Homan Avenue replaces a parking lot used by the nearby police station with a colorful new affordable housing structure. Co-developers East Lake Management and Jerusalem CDC tapped local architecture firm JGMA for the design of the low-rise hoping to help anchor a new wave of growth for the neighborhood.
Preservation Chicago has released its yearly list of the most endangered buildings in Chicago for 2022 spanning multiple neighborhoods. In its 20th year, the list outlines eight buildings at risk for demolition in the city that contribute towards the architectural legacy seven of the city announced by the director of Preservation Chicago Ward Miller.
A new construction permit was issued yesterday for a two-story office building at 1327 S Kilbourn Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood. United Scaffolding Inc, is listed as the permit owner and plans indicate this project will also include a pre-engineered metal warehouse as well as a metal canopy for a storage area. The project will replace a vacant lot. Natalie Regan is listed as the structural engineer of record for this project.
Plans have been announced for two new grocery stores in Austin and North Lawndale. The effort comes from two local entrepreneurs who see the value in providing healthy food in areas considered food deserts up as recent as the last decade, the two stores will potentially be located at an old Salvation Army Building located at 5713 W Chicago Avenue in Austin developed by Liz Abunaw and 628 S Pulaski Road in North Lawndale developed by Albert Peterson.
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.