Last Saturday, Brand New Beginnings hosted an interactive charrette with local residents and community leaders to develop ideas for the redevelopment of 58th Street in Washington Park. The workshop focused on neighborhood development strategies and sustainable planning for the blighted four-block corridor between Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. LBBA’s Jeff Bone, Terran Wilson, and Maggie Jarr facilitated the session which included: a community breakfast, introduction to the project, walk along the site, and small working group discussions. Each group presented ideas on how to achieve a healthier neighborhood, such as supportive housing, after school programs, job training, ‘pass-it-down’ culinary classes, and better access to fitness and technology centers.
The charrette was supported by a grant from Enterprise Green Communities, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners that provides funds and expertise to enable affordable housing developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient, and better for the environment. A second charrette will take place early next year to explore green strategies and resident engagement.
Residents, community members, and elected officials participated last Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of The Grant at Woodlawn Park. The newly built 33-unit affordable housing complex marks the second phase of the Woodlawn Park Redevelopment. Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is redeveloping the existing Section 8 complex, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments, in six phases as a healthier mixed-income, transit-oriented development community. With the completion of The Grant, POAH has replaced three full blocks along Cottage Grove Avenue. The Jackson at Woodlawn Park was previously completed as the first phase and consists of 67 units. Construction on phase three, a senior building, is expected to begin early next year.
Chicago Asthma Consortium is hosting a meeting this Wednesday, November 13 to improve understanding about the impact of the home environment on asthma, and to create a dialogue among medical, asthma, and housing professionals about asthma-friendly housing. LBBA’s Catherine Baker serves on the CAC Board of Directors and will participate on the panel discussion:
Asthma and Housing
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
University Center, 525 S. State St.
Registration: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panelists to include:
Charlene Andreas, LUCHA
Catherine Baker, Landon Bone Baker Architects
John Bartlett, Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Ginger Chew, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vairneke Lesley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cort Lohff, MD, Chicago Department of Public Health
Molly Martin, MD, Rush University Medical Center
Sophia Ragland, Caregiver
Harvest Commons Apartments was honored with a Distinguished Building Award during AIA Chicago’s 58th Annual Design Excellence Awards 2013 Designight at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 25. The project, which includes 89 below-market affordable housing units and an additional 17 units of transitional housing for women recently released from prison, is a rehabilitation of a classic Art Deco building that had fallen into disrepair. “The restoration fully integrates with the city’s past and its program with the farm adds to its future,” a juror said. “The repair of the facade alone was great. The layer of programs and commercial space makes this more than a space. It’s a place,” another juror said. LBBA accepted the award alongside representatives from Heartland Housing, First Baptist Congregational Church, and Linn-Mathes, Inc.
Check out the latest editions of Chicago Architect and The Architect’s Newspaper for additional write-ups on Harvest Commons!
Construction has finally begun on Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative! Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative is the redevelopment of the former CHA Dante Harper housing project into 32 mixed-income rental units centered around an arts and culture center. Landon Bone Baker Architects is working with Brinshore Development, Rebuild Foundation, and Theaster Gates, founder of Rebuild Foundation, to transform these unused buildings into thriving hubs of cultural activity within Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. The residential space will include a mix of artist housing, market rate units, and affordable housing units with arts and cultural programming for residents of the Collaborative and the neighborhood.
Interior demolition work is now complete and extensive tuckpointing/masonry repair is underway. Thank you to Rebuild Foundation for posting the full set of photos!
Landon Bone Baker Architects is collaborating with the Rebuilding Exchange (RX) on the design and production of reclaimed wood furniture and fixtures for the Diplomat SRO project. Using salvaged wood joists and framing material from the construction site, RX is producing 51 small dining tables, 51 personal mirrors, and coffee and game tables for the community lounge, as well as wood paneling for the common spaces throughout the building. LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Victor Jimenez stopped by the RX warehouse this morning and observed the process of transforming salvaged wood pieces into finished furniture.
In addition to developing a unique channel for building waste reduction and the creation of quality reuse materials, RX has launched Chicago’s first building deconstruction and reuse warehouse job training program. RX plans to lead future Diplomat residents and Thresholds members to produce coat racks for each housing unit at the Diplomat and to understand the value and opportunities associated with this growing industry. Our partnership with RX is as much about developing sustainable construction practices as it is about creating valuable opportunities for residents. Through this innovative rehab model, we are working with the community to retell the story of the Diplomat and shape a positive image for the new property.
The gut rehabilitation of this former single-room occupancy hotel is nearing completion and is scheduled for occupancy in late December. Thresholds and Brinshore Development will host a grand opening event this winter.
Join Chicago Women in Architecture tonight for the first event of the 2013-2014 membership year:
In our current, existing world of single use communities, the live/work/play philosophy is catching on in the suburbs as well as being resurrected in urban areas. Through this breath of current analytical approaches, and the evolved thought-processes since the 1960’s, our panel will discuss community design from several perspectives: policy advocacy, volunteerism, sustainability. Our panel will consider the trends and significant changes to the ultimate role of architecture in building community for a just and humane world.
Community Design: Trend or Change?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Herman Miller Showroom
321 Merchandise Mart
A panel discussion featuring:
Moderated by Charlene Andreas
Check out the latest issue of AIArchitect for a feature story on Harvest Commons Apartments. The renovated SRO affordable housing project gives recently homeless residents access to supportive services and urban agriculture. The article includes an interview with new resident Verlena Simms:
“To me [Harvest Commons is] really different because we have the case manager on site, so if there’s anything that we need personally or professionally, we can just go downstairs and talk to someone,” says Simms. “But the biggest thing is the garden. I’m from the city, so we don’t have a lot of space in an urban area like this to just go and garden. I had never ever gardened in my life. All I have to do is go downstairs and the garden is right there.”
Residents (with the help of a staff gardener) will help grow some of the vegetables used in the on-site cafe. Though Simms previously wasn’t interested in developing a green thumb, she has begun taking the classes hosted by the staff gardener and recognized the opportunity to get involved. “[It’s] right here, so I thought, ‘Learn as much as you can, take it from start to finish, because it will benefit you in the end,’” she says.
Last week, LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Victor Jimenez participated in the first Archi-treasures workshop for the Diplomat SRO project. The Diplomat, a formerly ill-maintained single-room occupancy building, is being reinvented as the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place; a 51-unit, sustainably-designed supportive housing facility for persons at risk of homelessness or struggling with mental illness. As part of the transformation, Archi-treasures is working with community members to create a permanent art installation for the lobby of the newly renovated building. During the workshop, Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman led about 40 Thresholds members in a brainstorming session to explore the meaning of home. The event was hosted by Thresholds at Penn House (157 W Division).
Archi-treasures will hold three more workshops this month to build on the theme. The Diplomat is currently under construction and will be complete by mid-December.
Mercy Housing Lakefront and Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) are among four senior housing organizations being recognized by MetLife Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners for their innovative approaches to affordable accommodations and care for the elderly. The 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing was awarded to Mercy Housing and NHS for its work at Roseland Place Senior in Chicago, a newly-constructed 60-unit independent living community that’s part of an affordable continuum of care campus. As winners, each organization will receive $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds to further their affordable housing efforts and “innovation in green, health care, and service-enriched housing for low-income seniors.”