The Chicago Plan Commission approved the adaptive reuse of the former West Side YMCA/YWCA and Salvation Army complex at Monroe and Ashland by Cedar Street Companies on June 21, 2018. The $30 million transit-oriented plan will include ground floor retail and 260 residential units, including 46 on-site affordable units.
“The West Side YMCA/YWCA complex is a handsome and intact grouping of Classical Revival and Georgian Revival buildings. Stretching over two city blocks, the West Side YMCA/YWCA buildings form a cohesive complex. The complex served as a regional headquarters for the Chicago YMCA and an important center for social, educational, and recreational activities on the Near West Side neighborhood for nearly seventy years.” (Chicago Landmark Designation Report, 7/7/18)
Thanks to Cedar Street Companies, the building complex will become a Designated Chicago Landmark. Preservation Chicago provided public comments in support of the reinvestment and reuse plans proposed by Cedar Street Companies and fully supports the Chicago Landmark designation of this important series of historic buildings.
Preservation Chicago applauds Cedar Street Companies for their ongoing focus on the renovation of Chicago historic residential buildings, and the adaptive reuse of historic Chicago buildings such as the Bush Temple of Music on Chicago Avenue, the Lawrence House, and the former Agudas Achim North Shore Synagogue in Uptown (Chicago 7 2015).