Proclaiming that Brighton Park is on the move, a story in Friday’s Chicago Sun-Times cited plans for a new 84-unit Lexington Homes development at the old Chicago Tube & Iron plant at 2531 W 48th Street. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) told the Sun-Times that Lexington will also develop the adjacent land, bringing the total number of new homes in the development to 600. That’s a significant chunk of development for the area bounded by California on the west, Western on the east, the Orange Line tracks on the south (at about 4900 south) and 47th Street on the north. The development will include a mix of mid-rises, townhomes and three-flats. But this is just one development in one section of the neighborhood.
The number of new homes coming to Brighton Park is really closer to 900. If you add the projects billing themselves as part of McKinley Park that actually fall on the Brighton Park side of Western, like McKinley Gardens (69 units), McKinley Park Village (134 units), the Westernview Condos (36 units) and other scattered infill, you have nearly 900 new homes going into an area that’s roughly four blocks wide by two miles long.
Finally, it appears that the once-dormant Brighton Park is seeing development. What do yo’all think: is the revitalization due to the south and southwestern push of Bridgeport?