Hard Hat tour of HOPE VI site in Chicago

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This past Friday Kevin Hardman, CNU member and former developer’s task force chair gave us a tour of his latest project Parkside at Old Town on Chicago’s near North Side. Located at Division and Clybourn in Chicago this development is part of the Cabrini Green Hope VI public housing transformation in Chicago. Under HOPE VI public housing units are being transformed across the country into mixed income communities comprised of 30% returning residents, 30% subsidized housing, and 30% market rate. The development is a mix of mid rise apartments with first floor retail lining an interior network of townhomes. Kevin explained the complications and some of the frustrations of the project beginning with the street widening. Pictured to the left is Division Street, where thanks to Division street being an IDOT state route, they forced a road widening on the city DOT. Despite CDOT and developer protests, IDOT took out a lane of parallel parking and added an additional travel lane. We did not take kindly to this turning radius and fast moving traffic including a two land right hand turn lane that turns right into a one lane side street. (pictured here). One of the streets also has a cul-de-sac which Kevin explained was not good urban design, but is attractive to parents with children. The development is adjacent to a large park and fieldhouse.

Hard Hat Tour
Steve, John, Heather, Nora and CNU intern Joe Menard donned hard hats and went to examine the construction site. Kevin explained that the site demo and rebuilding took much longer than anticipated due to many agencies involved, but also due to finding so many casons from the leftover public housing deep in the ground. The townhomes are the first building under construction and should be ready by May. The mid rises will soon follow. As of this writing, market rate prices start at $245,900 for a one bedroom, and go up to $838,00 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath with a 2 car attached garage. These prices mark a tremendous change from 30 years past. We look forward to many more new urbanist projects creeping up across the country.

For more information about this and other CNU member projects click here. To see a growing database of CNU project photos click here. To purchase a home at parkside or more for information visit www.parksideofoldtown.com
Or dial 312-254-0900.

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