Preservation projects took home top honors during the architectural portion of this year's Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), exemplifying humanistic design in the too-often overlooked arenas of affordable housing and community development. Established by the Local Initiatives Support Corp. of Chicago (LISC), the CNDA honor achievements in real estate development and design at the community scale—an issue that's taken on some local political significance as challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel slam him for neglecting neighborhood development ahead of municipal elections on February 24. The CNDA ceremony was apolitical, however, with Emanuel himself offering a statement ahead of the awards: “When we think about the City of Chicago, we think of more than just downtown–we think of the historic neighborhoods, the diverse families and the vibrant culture that have come to define us.” Emanuel's deputy mayor attended the ceremony in his stead. CNDA presented three Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. First place went to the transformation of the Diplomat Hotel into Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, an affordable housing rehab that salvaged an aging SRO in the Lakeview neighborhood. Landon Bone Baker Architects—the team behind similar work at Harvest Commons and on the former site of Cabrini Green's high-rise public housing—recycled old-growth fir for custom benches in the lobby, sprucing up the art deco mid-rise with a green roof and art installations. Weese Langley Weese took second for their conversion of an Albert Kahn auto showroom into Grove Apartments, a winningly modest affordable housing development that enhances walkability in what was once Oak Park's “motor row.” Bronzeville Artist Lofts won third place at the awards for its efforts to revitalize a once humming commercial corridor on the city's near South Side. The 47th Street lofts boast handsome timber beams and dramatic live-work spaces that lend themselves well to a modern, affordable housing rehab. Wrap Architecture revived the 1906 structure, previously Borden's dairy, precluding its demolition. Browse the full list of winners—which includes nods to the Shops and Lofts at 47 and successful efforts to name the historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument—on LISC's website.
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Members of Chicago’s community development world gathered Tuesday evening for the 16th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA). Established by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago, the CNDA recognizes outstanding achievement in neighborhood real estate development and community building. This year, ten honorees were celebrated in a ceremony attended by Mayor Richard M. Daley. The CNDA is the largest awards program of its kind in the country. In addition to the prestige of winning, many of the awards are complemented by a monetary gift. Read the full list and see images of some of the winning projects after the jump. CNDA Winners: The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Strategy of the Year: The Pilsen Quality-of-Life planning process Implementing a plan created by the Pilsen Planning Committee, community members have come together to implement strategic improvements in five areas including education, housing, family, economy, and image. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project: Homan Arthington Foundation for the Charles H. Shaw Technology Learning Center A public charter school has moved into the Power House facility of the original Sears Roebuck and Co. world headquarters in North Lawndale after an adaptive reuse project using a combination of historic preservation and green elements. The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award: Mercy Housing Lakefront for Malden Arms Apartments Mercy Housing Lakefront brought together residents, community members, and layers of private and public financing to both preserve and improve existing affordable rental housing at the Malden Arms Apartments in Uptown. The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award: Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation and Turnstone Development for Whistler Crossing Utilizing 17 layers of funding, Holsten Real Estate and Turnstone were able to complete a development of sustainably designed modern and historic buildings as well as local infrastructure improvements. Special Recognition Award: Community Economic Development Law Project (CEDLP) Founded in 1985, the CEDLP links individuals and organizations in neighborhoods all over Chicago with needed legal assistance. Norman Bobbins Leadership Award: Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Executive Director of the Quad Communities Development Corporation Friend of the Neighborhood Award: Michael W. Scott, former President of the Chicago Board of Education Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design: UrbanWorks for the UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus Farr Associates for Whistler Crossing SMNG-A Architects for Langston Hughes Elementary School