The SOM-designed Roosevelt Square library branch in Chicago has received its first construction permit, despite community opposition to the six stories of housing that will also be built on the site. A public-private collaboration between the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Libraries and developer Related Midwest, the Roosevelt Square project is the third and final of these combined library-housing developments to be permitted. Following the West Ridge and Irving Park branches, Roosevelt Square will feature a 17,000-square-foot, single-story library topped by six stories of residential units. The tower section will contain 37 public housing units, 29 affordable units, and seven market rate apartments. Development at the site, at 1342 West Taylor Street in Little Italy, has faced pushback from community organizations that have taken issue with the project’s size and impact on neighborhood tax revenue. Most recently, the Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association had sought to file a restraining order to head off the library’s construction, but those efforts seem to have fallen through. SOM and Related claim that they’ve taken community feedback into consideration and have reconfigured the building accordingly. The street-level library portion facing Taylor Street was redesigned to include cascading setbacks that would make the building appear shorter, while the residential section has been shunted to the back of the lot. A community garden has been planned for the lot behind the library, as well as a parking lot with 26 spots. While the library entrance will open with a triple-height atrium and feature an accessible green roof, the residential building has been separated programmatically to reduce noise. But the building has a homogenous visual language across both sections, clad mostly in glass and vertical wood paneling that descends from the concrete overhangs covering the length of the building. Perkins+Will's Ralph Johnson will be designing the West Ridge library, which will showcase exposed V-shaped columns and a corrugated metal cladding, while the Irving Park library will be designed by John Ronan and emphasize its extruded windows. The Roosevelt Square development will cost an estimated $36.1 million, and is expected to open the winter of 2018.
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City of Chicago reveal plans to combine public libraries and housing, and the architects behind them
In October 2016 the City of Chicago announced a plan to combine public housing and public libraries in multiple locations across the city. Recently the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Library announced the first three of these co-located projects and the architects are designing them. The projects will be located in the West Ridge, Near West Side and Irving Park neighborhoods and will be designed by Perkins+Will, Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM), and John Ronan Architects, respectively. Each of the Chicago-based firms will bring their own experiences and style to the designs John Ronan architects are behind the award-winning Poetry Foundation while SOM has continued to gather accolades for its Chinatown Branch Library Perkins+Will has completed numerous libraries across the country. Construction is set to begin on three projects by the end of the year with, completion expected by the end of 2018.
The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) have announced their intention to build three new mixed-income housing developments with co-located libraries. In an announcement made with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the two agencies will ask architectural firms to design a new combined building type for the projects. “Chicago will be one of the first cities using this type of partnership between housing and libraries to benefit and beautify our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This model will create spaces everyone can enjoy, and I hope will be the next great civic projects here in Chicago.” The three new developments will be built in the far north and near west side communities, one of which will be a senior housing project. Each of the projects will be designed through a two-stage design competition. The city will first issue a request for qualifications (RFQ), from which it will choose three offices to submit proposals, budgets, and schedules. Once the architects are chosen for the individual projects, the CHA, CPL, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development will hold design workshops in each of the proposed communities. This process is expected to take 10 weeks, starting by the end of this year. The new combined libraries will include programs for both the CHA residents and residents from the surrounding community. Each will also include an Early Childhood space, space for the Teachers in the Library Program, as well as integrated YOUmedia program for teams. Another important aspect of the new libraries will be the integration of adult workforce programs. The libraries will provide computer classes and coaching to build digital literacy and technology skills for adults and seniors. Library staff will be trained in connected jobseekers with agencies and resources for finding jobs. “Libraries play a vital role in making knowledge and learning accessible, as well as offer a common space where the community comes together,” explained CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon. “Partnering with CHA is an innovative approach that better positions both of us to build a stronger foundation for our communities.”
The Chicago Housing Authority has approved the redevelopment of the last of the city’s Jane Addams Homes into the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM). Located in Chicago’s Little Italy community, the Museum will rent the building for $1 a year. The design of the museum is being headed by Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects. Landon Bone Baker has a great deal of experience working public housing projects, new and old. Their work with artist Theaster Gates to redevelop the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, which has won multiple awards as mixed-income housing and a community arts center. The museum is expected to be complete by fall 2018. Before that time the museum will participate in the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. The museum participated as an official program partner in the 2015 inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Its contribution to the Biennial, We, Next Door, responded to Columbia University’s House Housing Show. The museums last curator and associate director, Todd Palmer, has also recently been announced as the Executive Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Palmer, who is trained as an architect, played a pivotal role in working towards building a permanent home for the NPHM. Our Story from TheNPHM on Vimeo.
The area around Chicago’s former Cabrini-Green public housing project has been a contentious site for a long time, basically in flux since the city first started demolishing it in 1995. Despite Chicago Housing Authority moving decidedly without alacrity to redevelop much of the site, the neighborhood is changing. The latest cue? Developers plan to demolish the long-vacant St. Dominic’s Church on the corner of Locust and Sedgwick. It’s a lovely looking Romanesque church, dating back to 1905, but its history can’t stop the tide of development: a 6-story, 45-unit condo building, designed by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson Architects, is slated to rise in its place. The church has been closed for more than 25 years, so Eaves isn’t surprised that it’s on its way out, but here’s to hoping the new neighborhood finds its soul during the glacial redevelopment of Cabrini-Green into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.
Its unique plan and handsome brown brick buildings landed the site on the National Register of Historic Places, but Chicago's Julia Lathrop Homes face an uncertain future. As hundreds of units sit vacant, tensions and expectations are high for this historic riverside housing project. Preservationists called foul on a redevelopment masterplan released last year, which they said shortchanged the 1938 development. Though Lathrop sidestepped outright demolition, the Homes south of Diversey Avenue would make way for new buildings under a new plan proposed by a development group led by Related Midwest. The scaled-back plan, Crain’s reports, calls for 1,208 residential units on the 32-acre property—504 market-rate units, 400 public-housing residences, 212 affordable homes and 92 for senior citizen public housing residents. It could include new mixed-use buildings at the intersection of Diversey, Clybourn, and Damen avenues. The plan, which also calls for a small park and 780 parking slots, will be the topic of discussion at a July 30 community meeting. The possibility of taller buildings at the southern end of the property has angered some area residents, who worry about development out of scale with the neighborhood, which includes parts of Logan Square, Lincoln Park, and North Center.