CHICAGO — A swath of vacant city land at Lake St. and Kedzie Ave. will see new, affordable residential development.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development announced a winning proposal at a Monday event selected from three finalists. The submission by Michaels/KMW/TruDelta will become a reality with construction slated to begin later this year.

The winning team’s proposal consists of “a seven-story, 78,000-square-foot mixed-use building with 63 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that [will] be affordable for households earning up to 60% of the area’s median income. The building [will] include 5,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space for three tenants, potentially including a food-based businesses, restaurant or local start-up. A plaza to be designed with neighborhood input [will] provide space for outdoor dining and community gathering. The building [will] also include 16 parking spaces,” according to their official submission.

The announcement took place at The Hatchery, a non-profit food and beverage business incubator located adjacent to all three vacant city plots up for development. There is also a CTA Green Line stop at the heart of all sites.

Interested teams were given a 47-page packet to help guide their proposals. Overall, the city sought to have the following goals met, as stated in the packet:

  • Create a well-integrated mixed-use development that enhances the vibrancy of the Garfield Park community.
  • Implement Equitable Transit-Oriented development principles that enables all people regardless of income, race, ethnicity, age, gender, immigration status or ability to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs.
  • Expand retail, dining, and neighborhood amenities to promote the concept of a complete neighborhood in Garfield Park where residents can access most of their basic, day-to-day needs within a 15-minute walk of their homes.
  • Promote design excellence to ensure development is consistent with the unique context of neighborhood, corridors, and blocks. Design excellence is achieved through the adherence to the principles of equity and inclusion, innovation, sense of place, sustainability, and communication.

The three finalists included CBBC, Evergreen/Imagine, and Michaels/KMW/TruDelta. You can see all three proposal videos here.