The city plans to redevelop the site where the high rise public housing project Cabrini-Green once stood, but isn't exactly sure how. Throughout the 90's the Chicago Housing Authority received numerous federal grants to revamp its plan for public housing, and after years of demolition, the high rises were completely wiped out in 2011. In recent years, new shopping centers and high end homes and condos have sprung up in the area surrounding the 65 acre site, but the city wants to begin construction on new developments to the fallow land starting next year.
Details for the site rehab are vague, however, CHA reps will begin requesting proposals from developers starting April 1. However, what we do know is that the city wants to include a park, new retail, and a new mixed income housing project in the redevelopment of the parcel. The proposed housing project would contain an estimated 2,400 to 2,800 units, and former Cabrini-Green residents would get first dibs on a percentage of these units - although the percentage is not clear. The debate over the former Cabrini-Green site continues, as the CHA will hold two community meetings where residents can learn more about the redevelopment plan. The first meeting is this evening from 5 to 8 pm at Seward Park (375 W. Elm St.) and the second will be held at the same location on Saturday from 11am to 1pm.