Shovel met dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony in North Lawndale yesterday for Park Douglas, a mixed-income development that eventually will bring 300 new homes to the area. Pappageorge Haymes drew up the master plan for the new development and Koo and Associates designed nine of the buildings in Phase 1. As the name suggests, Park Douglas will be located just east of Douglas Park in the area bounded by Roosevelt Road, California, Talman and Ogden avenues, and it will include replacement housing for the CHA's Lawndale Complex and Ogden Courts public housing complexes. Phase 1 will include 19 buildings with 137 one- to four-bedroom apartments (28 market rate, 49 affordable and 60 CHA). All 19 of those buildings will be three stories tall, according to a press release. At this point, the only info we have about the buildings themselves comes from the Koo website, which describes their contribution as ranging in style from traditional to contemporary and containing "local, salvaged architectural ornament." The above rendering shows one of the Koo-designed buildings.
· Park Douglas Groundbreaking in North Lawndale [Press Release]
· Koo and Associates [Koo and Associates]