The Plan Commission‘s approval of a mixed-use development across from Wrigley Field won all the headlines last week (more on that one later), but another, much larger development in Bronzeville also got an OK.
Had Chicago landed the 2016 Olympics, Draper and Kramer most likely would have moved full steam ahead on the redevelopment of Lake Meadows, the 70-acre apartment complex located on Martin Luther King Drive between 31st and 35th streets. Without the games or a more favorable climate for new construction, the plans now call for the addition of 7,845 residential units and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space over a 30-year span, starting with the construction of a new grocery store, says Gordon Ziegenhagen, assistant vice president and project manager for Draper and Kramer’s development group.
Yesterday afternoon Gordon passed along these two mockups of the full Lake Meadows redevelopment plan. For more background on the story, click over to the Skyscraper City forums, where people have been talking about the plans since January 2008.