CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot took part in the ribbon cutting for Emmett St. Apartments Friday morning. This was the mayor’s first appearance after a deadly Near North shooting.
Lightfoot began her remarks by acknowledging Thursday night’s violence before focusing on the new housing development. Among them, the mayor said an ordinance would be introduced next week to push for future residential developments to take place near transit. This complex is adjacent to the blue line as well as several bus routes.
The apartment building is designed to offer high-quality affordable rental housing in the heart of Logan Square, according to the Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation website. The site was previously an underutilized city-owned parking lot. Now it will be home to 100 units of varying sizes, 4,300 feet of commercial space facing Kedzie Ave., and a community room.
The day’s events included an official renaming of the complex to the Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments. Parsons was a labor organizer and community activist in Chicago who lived from 1851 to 1942.
It was also announced The Silver Room will open up a new location in the complex and be one of the five local businesses to fill the ground-level commercial space.