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New Housing Development Combines Old And New In Historic Chicago Neighborhood

3/7/2018, 4:02 p.m. | Updated on 3/7/2018, 4:02 p.m.
This is a rare project because it includes the construction of a new building on an empty lot and the ...
Artspace, Pullman Arts, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives recently announced that they will break ground on the Pullman Artspace Lofts (pictured) in Spring of 2018. The housing development will be located on Langley Ave, just south of 111th St. and is a unique combination of historic preservation and modern construction. Photo Credit: Santec

New Housing Development Combines Old And New In Historic Chicago Neighborhood

By: Katherine Newman

Artspace, Pullman Arts, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives recently announced that they will break ground on the Pullman Artspace Lofts in Spring of 2018. The housing development will be located on Langley Ave, just south of 111th St. and is a unique combination of historic preservation and modern construction.

The Pullman Artspace Lofts will be made up of 38 affordable apartments and 2,000 square feet of mixed-use community space, according to the Pullman Artspace winter update on the project.

This is a rare project because it includes the construction of a new building on an empty lot and the restoration of two historic buildings on either side of the lot, according to the Pullman Artspace winter update on the project.

“There are two unoccupied, historic apartment structures that bookend the project site. Each will be renovated to feature six new apartment homes. A newly constructed building will fill the vacant land in between the two existing structures. This building will house 26 apartment units, as well as an art gallery and community space,” said Alyssa Kelley, project manager in property development at Artspace.

The new apartments will cater to the needs of artists and creative individuals in the Pullman community. The units are intended to be living and working spaces where people can comfortably create art. When the project is finished all are welcome to apply to live in the building but priority will be given to people involved in artistic or creative pursuits, according to Kelley.

“The project is designed to encourage and accommodate artistic endeavors through both the design of the physical structures and the emphasis on community. The apartment units, which are approximately 150 square feet larger than comparable units and feature open, flexible floor plans, are designed to be live-work spaces for residents. They also feature durable materials, high ceilings, large windows, and open layouts,” said Kelley.

Pullman is a historical community and it has been important to everyone involved that the Pullman Artspace Lofts honor that history.

“Extensive efforts have been taken since the earliest days of the project’s development to ensure that both the rehabilitation of the existing buildings and the newly constructed building respect the unique and historic nature of the built environment in the Pullman neighborhood and the neighborhood’s status as a National Monument,” said Kelley.

The project has received Part II approval from U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service. It has also received approval from City of Chicago’s Department of Planning & Development, the City of Chicago’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards, and the Commission on Chicago’s Landmarks, according to the Pullman Artspace winter update on the project.