Chicago has gone from Carl Sandburg’s “player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler” to a player with condos and housing handler. The two are more complementary than you might think. From Central Station to Kinzie Station to the upcoming Riverside District, yesterday’s railroad land has become today’s development opportunity. Northbrook-based Red Seal Homes is taking advantage of one of the biggest of these blank slates with a massive mixed-use community in the far west Galewood neighborhood – bounded by suburban Oak Park, River Forest and Elmwood Park.
The Enclave at Galewood Crossings will transform 50 acres of the old Galewood Yards site, at 1900 N Central Ave, into 187 new homes, commercial space (including a 14-screen movie theater) and a laborers’ union training center. A two-acre park will be supplemented by a series of smaller parks, a “tot lot” and a dog park.
The fifteen-acre residential portion of the site will have a mix of 57 single-family homes with three or four bedrooms, 76 townhomes with three to four bedrooms and 54 condo units with two to four bedrooms. Single-family homes are initially (and quite remarkably) priced from the $420s to the $540s, townhomes from the $290s to the $360s, and condos from the $230s to the $320s.
A sales center opened on site on May 20th.