POAH Chicago Project Wins C40 Reinventing Cities Competition to Combat Climate Change
On May 15, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) announced the selection of Chicago’s winning entry in the global “Reinventing Cities” competition sponsored by C40 – a collaboration of international cities committed to addressing climate change. Chicago’s winning proposal “Garfield Green,” led by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), aims to revitalize 1.5 acres of vacant land in East Garfield Park as sustainable, mixed-income housing and related public uses.
Garfield Green’s two-phase proposal for the northeast and southeast corners of Kedzie and Fifth avenues includes 77 rental units, 9,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of public open space and a 12,000-square-foot public plaza. Thirty-two of the units would be made available at affordable rates, 31 as cooperative housing units and 14 at market rates, pending design and financing refinements that could occur later this year.
The buildings’ sustainable amenities will include modular construction materials fabricated in Little Village; all of its energy needs will be supplied by solar panels; and a majority of its green roof will grow food and mitigate stormwater. Commercial tenants are expected to include a clinic to address an increase in asthma rates related to climate change. Total costs are tentatively estimated at $22.3 million.
In addition to POAH, the Garfield Green project team includes Skender Construction, Perkins+Will architects, dmHMS, and TERRA Engineering. The team intends to acquire the vacant site from the City of Chicago for $600,000, pending other forms of public assistance.