Good news for the redevelopment plans of Chicago’s historic Julia C. Lathrop Homes; with an up-coming round of hearings, lead developer Related Midwest has revealed that at least two prominent buildings that had been targeted for demolition will now be saved.
The two buildings in question anchor the corner of Diversey, Clybourn and Damen and were originally slated to be replaced with new construction that would include a substantial amount of retail with apartments above. Following a letter from the National Park Service indicating that such a move would imperil historic tax credits, the development team revised their plans.
This a positive development, though with the pending hearings next month we intend to argue that more preservation is required, especially of the historic rowhouses that parallel Damen south of Diversey, which is a unique housing type for this development.
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