The Chicago Housing Authority has filed paperwork to expand the Edith Spurlock Sampson senior housing complex in Lincoln Park.
Currently the property consists of a pair of 11-story age-restricted buildings in a park-like setting. The new proposal would join those buildings with a new six-story residential building, and erect a new 10,200 square foot retail or restaurant building on the corner of Lincoln and Sheffield.
The result would be 102 new homes, bringing the total number of residences up to 485.
The 1965 housing project was named for Edith Spurlock Sampson, a South Side social worker who became a lawyer, judge, Assistant State’s Attorney and in 1950 became the first American delegate to the United Nations. While visiting India, she responded to criticism of the treatment of black people in America with, “I would rather be a Negro in America than a citizen in any other land.”
- Address: 2604-2742 North Sheffield Avenue
- Developer: Chicago Housing Authority
- Net site area: 164,945 square feet
- Floor area ratio: 2.35
- Automobile parking: 45 spaces
- Bicycle parking: 110 spaces
- Loading docks: 3