CABRINI-GREEN — The Chicago Housing Authority selected the Texas-based Hunt Development Corporation to develop a seven-acre site at the former Cabrini-Green projects with a total of almost 500 new mixed-income homes.
The CHA Board of Commissioners chose the Hunt project from five responses to a 2015 request for proposals to develop the site at the corner of Clybourn and Larabee avenues.
It will include a 21-story residential tower, several connected mid-rise buildings and townhouses with a total of 480 units, as well as 33,000 square feet of retail space and 1.2 acres of open area.
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) has made it a priority for the CHA to work to replace the public housing lost with the demolition of the old Cabrini-Green projects, and the proposal for one- to four-bedroom apartments and condominiums will allot 183 units for CHA residents, 82 at affordable rents and 217 at market rates.
Hunt Development has never done a CHA project before, but has a 46-year history in creating 90 projects of mixed-use housing in cities including Chicago, Dallas and Honolulu. It will work locally with Imagine Group and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives.
Hunt spokeswoman Brenda Christman said designs were in the "conceptual phase" and would be shared with potential residents and others involved before being released to the public.
CHA Chief Executive Officer Eugene Jones Jr. said, "With the approval of these development teams, we are once again demonstrating the momentum we have at CHA to deliver housing, retail options, open space and, for the first time, libraries to Chicago neighborhoods.
“This is another example of the progress CHA is making with its development partners as we ... work to transform neighborhoods," Jones said.