Near West Side, Chicago, IL
City Gardens is a mixed-income community located at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard, Van Buren Street and Maplewood Avenue. The site is bounded only by three streets due to grade changes for an elevated rail line at the now defunct Rockwell Street, which presented initial challenges for the planning of the project. To accommodate the density desired to create a viable, dynamic community, a new private fire lane was created on a north/south axis through the site, making a 76-residential unit development of three-story buildings feasible.
The organizational design approach included orientating buildings along the three streets to connect them to the neighboring site and restricting vehicular traffic in favor of a public plaza and amenities at the fire lane. This central core anchors the development, and includes a community building, community gardens, recycling and composting centers, play areas, and grilling stations that blend community, education, play, and energy sustainability.
Buildings will be designed with an energy efficiency consultant to select the best building systems based on affordability, maintenance and life cycle costs, and available local materials and products. They will utilize geothermal heating systems, solar panels, and thermally advanced building shells. The project will exceed the City of Chicago’s Green Housing Initiative requirements, be Energy Star Certified and the community building is being designed to exceed LEED certification.
ClientBrinshore Development L.L.C.
The Michaels Development Company
ContractorLinn Mathes, Inc.
ConsultantsKouba Cavallo Associates (Energy Efficiency)
Virgilio & Associates Ltd. (Structural)
Prism Engineering (Civil)
McKay Landscape Architects