$200 million mixed-use development coming to Lawndale neighborhood

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Chicago-based The Habitat Company says it has received approval from the city’s Planning Commission to move forward with plans for a $200-million mixed-use project in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Called Ogden Commons, the company will develop the project on a 10-acre site in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Sinai Health System, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and the city of Chicago. The development will offer mixed-income rental housing, retail and commercial space.

Bordered by Ogden Avenue to the south, Fairfield Avenue to the west and Rockwell St. to the east, Ogden Commons will be located on the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Lawndale development.

The mixed-use project will transform 10 acres of mostly vacant property near Douglas Park into 120,000 sq. ft. of commercial and retail space plus hundreds of mixed-income housing units. Ogden Commons will be developed in multiple phases, with the first phase comprised of 45,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space and a portion of the planned residences.

Construction on the commercial space is expected to begin during second quarter 2019 with the residential work to follow.

The entire development is projected for completion in 2021.

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