Diversey, Clybourn & Damen
What’s there now: 925 units of public housing
What’s going in: 1,200 rental apartments and 50,000ft of commercial space
After a drawn out battle, it seems the long-awaited development of Lathrop homes will be moving forward. While public housing advocates have been fighting the proposed development, claiming the city reneged on a promise to build replacement structures elsewhere, the Chicago Plan commissioner approved the redevelopment in February. The project will erect several new mixed-use buildings along Clybourn and Diversey, which will bring some much needed pedestrian-friendly retail space the corner, and restore 14 of the historic '30s era structures for new apartment use. The plan also calls for restoring acres of green space along the river.