First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open
Oct22

First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open

Ribbon was cut recently at what we used to call Lathrop Homes, now Lathrop Residences, as part of the continuing evolution of public housing in Chicago. Perched on the banks of the Chicago River just north of Bucktown and just south of Lake View, Lathrop was one of the first public housing projects in Chicago when it was completed in the 1930’s.   Lathrop Residences (Courtesy of Related Midwest) Its ongoing redevelopment will...

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Senior Housing Expansion Coming to Lincoln Park
Sep30

Senior Housing Expansion Coming to Lincoln Park

The Chicago Housing Authority has filed paperwork to expand the Edith Spurlock Sampson senior housing complex in Lincoln Park. Locations of the new residential and retail buildings at the Edith Spurlock Sampson complex. (Base map via Apple Maps) 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,...

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While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing
May13

While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing

One of Chicago’s oldest public housing projects is about to become Chicago’s newest mixed-income housing project, and is getting ready to welcome thousands of new residents. Rendering of Lathrop Homes (via Related Midwest) The landmark Lathrop Homes property along the North Branch of the Chicago River is being redeveloped by River North’s Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment, and Heartland Housing into 1,116 new...

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Another Library/Senior Living Combo Building Arrives in West Ridge
Mar19

Another Library/Senior Living Combo Building Arrives in West Ridge

What happens when CPL and CHA have a 1-on-1 about AARP’s? Aside from everyone breaking out their jargon dictionaries, they figure out how to achieve common goals with one building. Rendering of the Northtown Branch Library (Courtesy of Evergreen Real Estate Group) That’s how Chicago got its new Northtown Branch Library at 6800 North Western Avenue in West Ridge. The building opened recently with a Chicago Public Library on...

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New Roosevelt Square Library/Public Housing Gets Permitted
Jan08

New Roosevelt Square Library/Public Housing Gets Permitted

The new public library and public housing building planned for what’s left of Little Italy is about to get started. The first construction permits have been issued for the Roosevelt Square Library building at 1342 West Taylor Street. FOUNDATIONS-ONLY PERMIT FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OF A 7-STORY 86,976 SQUARE FOOT MIXED USE BUILDING WITH LIBRARY AND 73 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS WITH PARKING LOT AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS. As we reported over...

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Public-Private Partnership Shaping Up at 1328 West Taylor
Jul11

Public-Private Partnership Shaping Up at 1328 West Taylor

We’re learning more about the various public-private partnerships that City of Chicago agencies are putting together in order to bring private housing and public services to some of the city’s neighborhoods. At 1328 West Taylor Street in what’s left of Little Italy, paperwork recently filed with the city shows the Chicago Housing Authority is working with Related and Bickerdike Redevelopment to put up what’s...

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Amid Harsh Criticism, Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Passes Plan Commission
Feb18

Amid Harsh Criticism, Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Passes Plan Commission

Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the massive Lathrop Homes redevelopment plan by Related Midwest. The Chicago Housing Authority’s Julia C. Lathrop Homes were built in 1938 by the federal Public Works Administration as one of the city’s first public housing projects. Preservationists have been worried about the planned redevelopment since it was announced. The 925 residences in 31 buildings were designed by a...

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