The Chicago Plan Commission (CPC) will review a proposed affordable housing expansion project in Lakeview at its March 17 meeting.
Mercy Housing owns the existing supportive single room occupancy (SRO) apartments structure at 3150 N. Racine Ave. In the new proposal, developer Belray Limited will replace an adjoining parking lot with additional housing. Landon Bone Baker Architects is designing the addition.
“The applicant proposes to change the zoning from M1-2 (Limited Manufacturing/Business Park District) to B2-3 (Neighborhood Mixed-Use District), and then to a Residential Planned Development,” the CPC says in its meeting notification.
“The applicant is proposing to renovate the existing 70-unit single room occupancy building and construct an addition to provide a total of 81 single room occupancy units and 5 dwelling units. There will be no off-street parking spaces. The maximum building height of the building will be 47’- 3”.”
“Located directly west of the existing structure, the four-story addition will match the roofline without any ornamentation and bring an additional 35 SRO units while completely removing all of the on-site parking,” Chicago YIMBY reported in January. “With a total of 95 units in the end, it is unsure if Mercy will continue to offer supportive housing for the homeless on-site, but residents will continue to have access to laundry facilities, communal rooms and kitchen, art therapy, and leadership programs.”