A proposed mixed-income housing project has the Chicago Plan Commission's blessing to rise 12 stories near the United Center and the site of the planned Damen Green Line station.
Developed by Brinshore-Michaels, the $41.2 million proposal will bring 96 one- and two-bedroom apartments to the vacant southeast corner of Lake Street and Damen Avenue.
The building represents the most recent phase of the Westhaven Park development, which has brought 747 units of mixed-income housing to the area. Westhaven Park is located on Chicago Housing Authority-owned land formerly occupied by the Henry Horner Homes from 1958 to 2006.
The proposed 136-foot-tall structure will offer 63 of its planned 96 units at an affordable rate, and it will include 4,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a second-floor terrace for residents. The design, which comes from Landon Bone Baker Architects, uses light-colored precast concrete panels for its exterior.
The transit-oriented project will set aside parking for 16 cars and intends to take advantage of the new $60 million Perkins + Will-designed Damen Green Line stop in the works for vacant land across the street.
Although CTA crews began pre-construction work on the site in 2019, work on the station itself isn’t expected to finally start until this summer. The transit project is expected to take 24 months to complete, a CDOT spokesperson recently told Streetsblog Chicago.