Caisson permits have been issued for The Foglia Residences at the Chicago Lighthouse in the Illinois Medical District. Located at 1134 S. Wood, the new mixed-use development will offer housing to low-income households with an emphasis on residents who are blind, visually impaired, disabled or veterans. The project is a venture between Brinshore Development and The Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit that is the largest employer of persons with visual disabilities in Illinois.
Dubbed The Foglia Residences at the Chicago Lighthouse, the nine-story building will be home to 76 residential units and ground-floor commercial space. Rising 98 feet, the building’s unit mix will consist of 18 studios, 40 one-beds, and 18 two-bedroom apartments. 58 car parking spaces will be provided.
Designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects, the ground-floor commercial space will anchor the corner of W. Roosevelt Rd and S. Wood St. At the northern end of the building, the residential entry will front S. Wood St with leasing offices, back of house space, and the fitness center rounding out that end of the ground floor. Out of the 58 parking spaces, 21 will be located on the ground floor accessible from S. Wood Street, while the rest of the spots will be on the second and third floors, accessed via a ramp from W Grenshaw St.
The project will be funded through the City of Chicago and Low-Income Housing Tax credits. With the land owned by The Chicago Lighthouse, the residents of the building will be able to take advantage of all of the organization’s resources to get on the path to independence and self-sufficiency. Located near the Polk CTA L station, serviced by the Pink Line, transit access will be critical for the blind residents who rely on buses and trains for transportation.
With caisson permits issued, general contractor McShane Construction can begin work at the site. Groundbreaking is expected for this month, with an anticipated opening in March of 2024.