Yesterday afternoon, I drove down to Marquette Park to visit RDM Development‘s Marquette Village at 7400 S Rockwell St. When it’s finished, Marquette Village will have 139 single-family homes on the large wedge-shaped plot of land just north of the freight tracks that run along 75th Street, but so far just ten homes have been built along South Rockwell Street.
I met Chelton Blackburn of Coldwell Banker at the sales center and looked around the three affordable, market-rate and upgraded model units. Only the base-level, market-rate model was fully staged, but most of the differences between the three homes were in the flooring, kitchen appliances, and bathrooms.
Twenty percent of the homes at Marquette Village are being sold as affordable housing, and Blackburn says they’ve been the toughest sell. Buyers must make less the median income in Chicago to qualify, and Blackburn says a potential buyer went as far as to select finishes for his home before learning that he earned about $100 too much to qualify for the program.
Blackburn says the affordable homes at Marquette Village are built with the same solid construction as the market-rate houses, but are slightly smaller and lack garages. All of the homes in the development have back yards, he says.
I took several photos of the market-rate model, which I’ll post later, along with a short video tour. Below is an example of the linoleum flooring in the affordable home alongside the tiled kitchen in the market-rate model.
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