Mixed-use development in Chicago gets plan commission approval


Judy Lamelza

Special to Chicago Construction News

A mixed-use development at 3955 N. Kilpatrick has received plan commission approval. Proposed by developer GW Properties and designed by Pappageorge Haymes, this project will transform the former People’s Gas property into a vibrant blend of residential and commercial spaces.

The project includes a six-story residential building housing 346 units and four one-story retail structures. The residential segment, a structural marvel, will offer a mix of duplexes, studios, and one- to two-bedroom units. The ground floor will include:

  • central lobby
  • co-working space
  • fitness center
  • 205 residential parking spaces
  • 346 bike parking spaces

Also, 27 duplex units will front N. Kilpatrick Ave, N. Milwaukee Ave, and the southern boundary, providing a seamless transition to the adjacent residential areas. All of the required 69 affordable units will be provided on-site within the building. Residents will have access to a second-floor amenity deck with an outdoor pool and select units will have balconies.

These buildings, totaling between 7,202 and 8,555 square feet each, are designed to support a variety of businesses, from fast casual restaurants to local shops, with 125 parking spaces ensuring accessibility. Set to cost a total of $110 million, the retail portion of the development will take 12 months for construction and the residential building will take 24 months to build once construction begins.Architectural and construction details:

  • The architectural plan emphasizes a modern yet neighborhood-friendly design. The residential building, with its E-shaped layout, maximizes space utilization and allows for ample natural light. The construction strategy includes using high-quality materials and innovative building techniques to ensure durability and aesthetic appeal.

Amenities and green spaces:

  • A second-floor amenity deck with an outdoor pool will offer residents a luxurious and relaxing environment. Green spaces and landscaping around the buildings aim to enhance the site’s ecological footprint and provide communal areas for residents and visitors.

The next steps for GW Properties are the Committee on Zoning and City Council approvals, with a zoning change from RS-3 to B3-3, to kickstart construction.

Once approved, the retail component is expected to be completed within 12 months, while the residential building will require a 24-month construction period. This phased approach allows for a streamlined construction process, minimizing disruptions and maximizing efficiency.

Sustainability is a core component of the development, with plans for energy-efficient building systems, stormwater management, and bicycle-friendly amenities. The integration of duplex units at the street level reflects a commitment to blending the new structures with the existing neighborhood fabric.

DataBid is currently reporting on this project – 3955 N Kilpatrick Mixed Use Development – Chicago  (0050102423)


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