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The Future of Cabrini-Green Site Nearly Finalized

By Paul Biasco | April 17, 2015 5:43am | Updated on April 20, 2015 8:57am
 Cabrini-Green Redevelopment
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NEAR NORTH — A plan to redevelop the 65-acre Cabrini-Green area will be presented to the community ahead of the first phase of bids to build on the site this summer.

The Chicago Housing Authority, for the first time, will detail the number of units it is recommending for the site.

The plan will provide the basis for a request for proposals that the CHA and Department of Planning will release in three phases.

Paul Biasco details some of CHA's plans:

The first phase of bidding will be this summer, and multiple developers will be selected to develop the sites over multiple phases, according to the CHA.

There are approximately 14 separate development parcels over about 50 acres of the site in the new plan, according to Wendy Parks, a CHA spokeswoman.

The preliminary plan presented in February 2014 called for half of the residential units to be at market rate, while 30 percent will be public housing and 20 percent will be affordable.

The preliminary residential proposal presented in February 2014 for the Cabrini-Green Redevelopment plan. (Provided)

The former Cabrini-Green housing projects included more than 3,600 units. The Consent Decree mandated the development of 700 public housing units.

The 65 acres entail all the remaining vacant CHA-owned land including the former Cabrini Extension South, the William Green Homes, the vacant Frances Cabrini Rowhouses and other parcels including the Near North High School site.

The proposal will include changes from what was presented in February, many due to recommendations made by community members involving open space and parks, according to Parks.

"The updated plan was created through an ongoing community engagement process that has included a host of key stakeholders and community partners committed to strengthening the revitalization of the Cabrini-Green neighborhood," Parks said.

The CHA has been working to develop the development plan since March 2011.

The first meeting will be held April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jesse White Community Center, 410-412 W. Chicago Ave., and the second will be held April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seward Park Field House, 375 W. Elm St.

The plan will guide the development of the community in terms of density, dedication or modification of new streets, new open space and other uses, according to the CHA.

North of Division, the site is roughly bounded by the Brown Line tracks on the North, Larrabee on the East, Division on the south and Halsted on the west. South of Division, the site is roughly bounded by Seward Park on the north, Orleans on the east, Chicago on the south and Larrabee on the west.

Crews demolish the last of the former Cabrini-Green housing project high-rises. (Wikimedia)

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