$24 million permit issued for new Northtown library/residential development

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rendering of the new library and affordable housing project (Perkins + Will)

Chicago has issued a $24 million building permit for a project that “co-locates” affordable housing above a new Chicago Public Library at 6800 N. Western Ave. at what is known as the Northtown branch.

Perkins+Will designed the four-story project. Powers & Sons Construction is the general contractor.

The initiative is a collaboration between Chicago Public Libraries, the Chicago Housing Authority and private developer Evergreen Real Estate Group, which is also developing a similar project in Irving Park.

The permit describes the project as a “mixed use building, concrete structure” with an occupied green roof on the second level. There is a surface parking lot west of the building, and “row and alley improvements”. The permit document says the exterior wall assembly on the third and fourth floors and the library ceiling will have a separate permit.





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