Chicago Housing Authority Has a New Vision for 2013

December 29, 2012

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The Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) $1.6 billion “Plan for Transformation” project has been stalled for quite some time, but will hopefully receive a makeover in 2013. The project’s main endeavor was to revamp public housing by mixing public housing residents with market-rate condos and subsidized rentals. After nearly a decade of planning, the CHA has decided to extend its deadline for the project and now hopes to complete its “Plan for Transformation” by 2015.

The first task the CHA will focus on is the redevelopment of the Lathrop Homes, which are located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. At one point, the Lathrop Homes housed 900 families, but the CHA wants to expand the area to create 1,600 units as part of the CHA’s mixed public housing plan. Four-hundred of these units will be public housing, and the rest will be a mix of market-rate apartments and condos. Currently, the CHA is debating whether or not to incorporate these residences into a single 28-story high rise tower.

During the next six months, the CHA will hold public hearings in order to gather feedback from the public and developers regarding the Lathrop Homes reconstruction project.

To find out more about the Plan for Transformation or to share your thoughts on recent CHA projects, visit the Chicago Housing Authority website.

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