This week Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and artist Theaster Gates joined together to formally kick off the grand opening for the new Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative development in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood. The mixed-use, mixed-income development includes 32 total residential units (10 market rate, 11 affordable and 11 public housing) and is centered around a new art center at 1454-1460 E. 70th Street. Utilizing a shuttered CHA housing project, the new development will focus on the arts and artists, and may lead to neighborhood revitalization and new development in the area.
The project was developed by Gates' Rebuild Foundation, along with Brinshore Development and the CHA and was designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects. Leases for units in the development will be for long term rentals, and five artists will be selected to live in the development's five townhouses.
·Vacant CHA lot gets new life as The Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative [DNAinfo]
·Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative [Rebuild Foundation]
·Theaster Gates Has Started Work On Artist Housing Project [Curbed Chicago]