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POAH breaks ground on Woodlawn Park

by Joseph Askins on 10/28/10

Woodlawn Park rendering, Woodlawn, Chicago

Despite worries that the project might fall apart after the city’s failed Olympics bid, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is moving forward with the first phase of Woodlawn Park, a new mixed-use, mixed-income community that will replace the old 504-unit Grove Parc Plaza development at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Woodlawn.

At the end of a four-year development period, Woodlawn Park will comprise 210 public housing units and 210 affordable and market-rate homes and 65,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

Phase 1 calls for 67 market-rate and affordable homes.

POAH will replace Grove Parc’s buildings with “a variety of distinctive structures combining residential, commercial and recreational uses, making South Cottage Grove Avenue the center of a healthy new mixed-use, mixed-income community,” according to the organization’s website. POAH will also rehab approximately 300 existing apartments and shift some of Grove Parc’s old Section 8 subsidies to those units.

This morning, Ald. Willie B. Cochran, Rep. Bobby Rush, State Sens. Kwame Raoul and Mattie Hunter, State Rep. Ken Dunkin, and HUD Multifamily Hub Director Edward Hinsberger will mark the start of construction and honor the contributions of the late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier with a “wall-raising” ceremony on site.

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futuredoc November 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Oh yes, lets build more mixed income housing because the ones already in other places is selling so well. The number of public housing units is too high. So lets just waste more money and hope this time it will work.

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Joe Zekas November 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM

futuredoc,

I don’t think anyone here would miss your bile-spewing bigotry if you were to take your act elsewhere.

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Sheridan B November 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Joe or Joe, how recent is the rendering? I’ve seen some others that were horrible and made the Tigerman buildings there look better than they actually are.

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JT November 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I hope this development works out. I remember how vital that stretch around 63rd Street was once when I was a little kid.

It has public transportation and if the neighborhood is revitalized, the CTA will put more resources into the area as well. The neighborhood needs more retailers, grocery supermarkets, etc.

It’ll be just a few blocks from that new UC hospital complex coming up as well.

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