New Chicago Housing Project Takes Off

October 26, 2010

An old Chicago neighborhood is getting some innovative, new housing.

There was a groundbreaking ceremony today in the North Lawndale neighborhood for Park Douglas, a mixed-income rental housing development that will be comprised of 137 units in 19 buildings located in the area bounded by Roosevelt Road, California, Talman and Ogden Avenues on the city’s west side.

The buildings will offer apartments for families with a range of incomes:

*60 units will be public housing and will serve as replacement units for former CHA residents.

*49 units will go to low- and moderate-income households and will be funded with Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

*28 units will be rented at market rate with no income restrictions.

The $43.9-million project is a partnership of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, Mount Sinai Hospital and developer B-M Ogden LLC, a partnership of Brinshore Development, LLC and Michaels Development Company. It is expected to create more than 200 construction jobs and five permanent management positions.

“Park Douglas constitutes a fresh start for the community,” said Rich Sciortino, President of Brinshore Development, LLC. “Together we are transforming vacant land into attractive new homes that the community can feel proud of.”

Park Douglas will offer:

Douglas Park

Park Douglas is being inspired by beautiful, nearby Douglas Park.

*Three story buildings with two to 17 units in each

*One-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments

*All appliances, including in-unit washers and dryers

*A community center on Roosevelt Road with a management office, meeting space with kitchen and a computer lab.

Designed by the renowned architecture firms Pappageorge/Haymes and Koo and Associates, Park Douglas will be inspired by the natural beauty of the 173-acre Douglas Park, which is located two blocks to the west and is one of the city’s largest and finest green spaces.

There will be energy-efficient features:

*Each building will be Energy Star rated.

*The walls, windows and roofs will exceed city standards for insulation.

*A portion of each building’s rear yard will be set aside as a private garden for the residents.

*The community center will feature geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, bioswales for water runoff management and photovoltaic panels, which will substantially lower energy bills.

The 137 rental units are Phase 1 of a larger development program that will eventually include 300 units of housing for rent and for sale. The first move-ins are expected in July 2011.

“It took a consortium of private and public sector organizations to reach this groundbreaking,” said Sciortino. “By next year, this patch of dirt will be part of a vibrant and sustainable neighborhood.”

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