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.
Glass installation and exterior work is progressing for the 11-story Gateway Apartments building, situated at 2050 W Ogden Avenue in the Illinois Medical District. There will be just under 10,000 square feet of ground-floor mercantile space, along with 161 dwelling units on the upper floors.
A demolition permit has been issued for a two-story, masonry building at 1402 S Western Avenue in the Near West Side neighborhood. The permit’s owners have been listed as 1860 N Elston LLC. As of 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 plans for any future construction.
The Chicago City Council has approved tax incentives for four redevelopment projects across the city including Uptown, Humboldt Park, Chatham, and New City. All but one of the developments are new with the other being an extension of an existing credit, the incentive is as follows; commercial developments will be taxed at 10 percent for the first 10 years, 15 percent for the 11th year, and 20 percent for the 12th year before rising to the standard 25 percent thereafter. The two classes in this round of approvals are 6(b) due to new construction and 7(a) for redevelopment under $2 million.
Cladding is closing in on completion for a new eight-story building located at 1140 W Erie Street in West Town. Dubbed “Inspire West Town,” this mixed-use project is set to house 113 rental apartments atop ground-level commercial space. Developer Bond Companies has planned for 23 total affordable units, six residences will be on site with the other 17 subsidized units within the surrounding area.