Location: Chicago, IL, USA. public housing redevelopment
This project represents the development of land owned by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to replace troubled public housing buildings with a new mixed-income community. The project is part of the CHA's 'Plan for Transformation' initiative, with the goal of creating new mixed-income communities comprised of low-income, affordable and market-rate housing units. The development consists of both rental and for-sale units housed in a variety of building types, including 6-flat buildings, townhouses, rowhouses and single-family homes. All building types features alternate elevation designs and exterior color packages with the intent of creating varied and diverse streetscapes.
The site design reestablishes the street grid and alley system to restore the neighborhood back to its traditional character offering pedestrian-oriented streets. Parking is generally located at the rear of buildings, screened by structures and obscured from view.
Clearly defined public and private spaces offer room for activity while reinforcing a sense of ownership and responsibility in taking care of the neighborhood. Two existing parks will be connected by the newly-created Langley Boulevard when completed, drawing them into the neighborhood.
The project's design was guided in great part by the community's Working Group made up of the ward alderman, the CHA, city agencies, and neighborhood group leaders.
Lessons learned: It became clear to the designers that building a variety of housing types would be the best option for the project, in order to create more residentially scaled streetscapes. The smaller scale helps to define individual areas meant to convey personal responsibility and ownership, including units own private outdoor spaces. Although providing higher-density buildings would have been more consistent with the CHA's goals for replacing housing units, we commend our clients and the city for placing the need to create a viable neighborhood over simply responding to a quota for replacement housing.
Transect Zone(s): T4 general.
Status: 76-99% Built
Guiding Charter Principle(s): Principle 11, 13, 14, 18,
Project or Plan's Scale: Neighborhood
Features: Affordable/subsidized housing, Civic buildings & parks.
Land area (in acres): 35
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Number of residential units (include live/work): 455
Parks & green space (in acres): 3
Residential types: Low-rise flats, Townhouse/rowhouse/maisonette, Semi-detached, Small lot detached.
Project team designers: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Project team developers: The community Builders, Inc, Granite Development, UJIMA, Inc, MB Real Estate Services, Chicago Housing Authority
Previous site status: Redevelopment
Starting/Ending date of construction/implementation: 2008 -