Writer and urban observer Patrick Barry, whose posts for CTA Station Watch often grace our linkage, donated some up-to-the-minute construction photos of Loyola University's rental housing development at Albion & Sheridan in Rogers Park. Curbed scowled at the townhouse project's sterile design, courtesy of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, when renderings emerged in January 2012. Seeing the actual handiwork, near-completion, it's possible we were a little harsh. Certainly its materials and composition don't make for much of a departure from the mainstream ticky-tacky townhouse projects being thrown up all over town. But coming from a university, that's troubling. Hey, at least the landscaping looks pretty nice. The Red Line-facing backside of the 29-unit development provides sizable balconies for each apartment, as well as off-street parking. Held as a vacant parcel by Loyola for 30 years, there's a definite advantage to any new transit-oriented housing.
·Loyola to Spring Faceless Housing on its Neighbors [Curbed Chicago]