The City of Chicago allows and acknowledges that housing should
be encouraged around it’s mass transit system. To that end they
give parking requirement bonuses to development within 500 feet
off transit stations which encourages and helps such
In a currently underutilized commercial property, along a CTA
transit line, an affordable housing developer is looking to
create diverse housing options to help bolster the surrounding
family residential neighborhood. In addition, given its location
next to a prominent ‘L” stops the Commercial facing portion of
the building will be developed to encourage retail activities at
the street level.
The building opens outward with a gathering tenant space at the
building corner above the retail, multiple balconies overlooking
both streets. In addition the ground floor is made with high
ceilings that wrap along the commercial street and into the
residential portion of the project.
The building articulation is developed using roof projections,
perforated metal panels of different colors on the balconies,
alternating wall panel colors, colorful metal fascia treatments
above the windows, and varied color glass panels at the ground
floor glazing system.