The long proposed Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative planned for Chicago's South Side received the go-ahead from the city last summer and development of the project is currently well underway. The mixed-use-mixed-income development conceived by Chicago artist and University of Chicago lecturer Theaster Gates, will contain 32 affordable housing units along with an arts center and will replace an unused CHA housing project at 1450 East 70th Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
The units will be comprised mostly of two and three bedroom apartments, and will function as live/work spaces for artists. Gates has long been active in the area, and has successfully repurposed multiple properties for arts programming. The completion date for the project is still unknown, however the permit shows that the cost of the development is expected to run upwards of $3 million.
· Chicago Projects [Rebuild Foundation]
· Dorchester Artist Collaborative Coming to Light [Curbed Chicago]