Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green

625 West Division under construction

An Oregon real estate developer is beavering along with its first project in Chicago. 

625 West Division in Goose Island will be a 240-unit apartment building when it’s completed in May of next year.  Gerding Edlen Development is hoping to land LEED Gold status for the 18-story building designed by GREC Architects. 

Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell captured these scenes of construction work well underway on the foundation of the high rise, which is across the street from the Cabrini Green Target.

Location: 625 West Division Street, Goose Island


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  1. Do you know if there are going to be any CHA or affordable units in this building, or will it be all market rate?

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    • Editor

      Off the top of my head, I can’t say that I remember for sure. However, usually these smaller buildings are all market rate. If anyone knows otherwise, feel free to post a comment below.

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    • 10% of the units are supposed to be for public housing, another 10% are supposed to be kept affordable, and the other 80% are supposed to be market rate. Last I heard at least..

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  2. This is a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project. There will defiantly be some CHA units, how many I don’t know. When CHA first started building their replacement housing towards their 25,000 unit goal for the Plan for Transformation aka Plan Forward, they were suppose to make the units 1/3rd market rate, 1/3rd affordable, and 1/3rd public housing. Lately they have been building more market rate units than they have public housing. But as of right now, 9/19/2014 CHA is working on over 11 different projects. Here’s a list. Construction at Cabrini-Green is wonderful. The housing is beautiful and diverse compared to what once stood in Cabrini’s-Green place. Developers, architects, builders, plumbers, electricians and many more people who come together to help create affordable housing for all are definitely working overtime in Chicago, IL. Current projects include,

    1. Cabrini-Green= Parkside of Old Town, West Town.
    2. Madden Park Homes/Ida B. Wells Homes and
    Extension/Clarence Darrow Homes = Oakwood Shores.
    3. Rosenwald.
    4. Altgeld Gardens and Phillip Murray Homes.
    5. Lakefront Replacement Housing= Jazz on the Boulevard, Lake Park Crescent, Sullivan Station.
    6. Robert Taylor Homes= Legends South, Coleman Place, Mahalia Place, Hansberry Square.
    7. Rockwell Gardens= West End.
    8. Stateway Gardens= Park Boulevard.
    9. Grace Abbott Homes/Robert H. Brooks Homes and Extension/Loomis Courts/Jane Addams Homes (ABLA)= Roosevelt Square.
    10. Henry Horner= Westhaven Park.
    11. Casa Queretaro.
    12. Maplewood Courts= City Gardens.
    13. Washington Park Projects= St. Edmund’s Oasis.

    There’s also a lot of brand new housing for senior, people with disabilities and veterans coming up as well. I know of two mixed income developments currently coming up for Senior and Veterans.

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    • This property is not a CHA owned property. However Mike R. is correct in that 10% of the units in the building will be set aside for CHA tenants with another 10% for affordable renters. Almost all of the development in this community will have some level of affordable housing as the wards current alderman pretty much requires it to get his blessing.

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  3. The Chicago Housing Authority will re open it’s wait list later on this year 2014. A lot of low income and minimum wage workers who dream of living in a nice apartment like this one that comes with a lot of amenities inside and out like, a shopping center, a fitness center, washer and dryers in the unit, dishwashers and much more, will be able to apply for these brand new mixed income apartments and actually be able to afford the rent in the coming months.

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