The Far South Side's Pullman neighborhood is on a roll with its historic district earning recognition as Chicago's first National Monument, Method soap company choosing Pullman for its new factory, and the Curbed Chicago readership voting it neighborhood of the year in the 2015 Curbed Cup. The area is poised to build off its 2015 momentum as the community prepares to get a new look at the proposed Pullman Artspace Lofts. Envisioned as mixed-use live/workspace for artists in Pullman's historic district, the development would front Langley Avenue between 111th and 112th Streets. The plan, led by Chicago Neighborhood Initiative, PullmanArts, and Minneapolis-based Artspace, calls for two abandoned historic buildings at opposite ends of the site to be rehabbed and bridged by a new three-story building designed by Chicago's VOA Associates. The Pullman Artspace Lofts would feature between 35 and 45 affordable combination residences/art studios with rents ranging from $400 to $1,200 per month as well as community amenities such as an exhibition space.
The plan last went before neighbors in October where it received fairly mixed reactions. While some residents were pleased to see $15 million of investment come to the neighborhood and welcomed the prospect of restoring empty old buildings to attract the creative class, others worried that the plan had progressed too far without adequate community input and were skeptical that the new portion of the development would match the historic architecture of the neighborhood. The development team hopes to address these concerns as it presents an updated proposal to the community at a meeting set for 7:30 PM on Monday, January 11th at Pullman National Monument Visitors Information Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.
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