If your regular dog walking route takes you past the Hilliard Towers Apartments because you can’t help but admire some curvalicious 1960’s-era concrete, you might stretch Rover’s legs a little further. Down to 23rd Street, where McCaffery Interests and The Community Builders are putting up Southbridge on the site where the Harold Ickes Homes used to stand.
The Chicago Housing Authority public housing project was razed a decade ago, and is now being redeveloped with modern-style residences, both rental and for purchase. It was designed by Antunovich Associates and Nia Architects, with Gensler doing the master plan.
The Ickes Homes had 738 units. When fully complete, this new 11 acre mixed-income project will clock in a little better at 875. It also includes 60,000 square feet of retail space, and almost seven acres of green space.
You can see in these photographs from YoChicago!, phase one is well underway. It will be two seven-story buildings with a total of 200 homes over ground floor retail.