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New mixed-income apartments in Woodlawn point to neighborhood renaissance

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The Trianon Lofts represent the area’s first major market-rate development in more than 40 years

A rendering of the Trianon Lofts.

With the Obama Presidential Library, a revamped ‘L’ stop, and a new Jewel-Osco grocery store all in the works, the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn appears to be on the cusp of a renaissance. The community celebrated an important milestone yesterday with the official opening of the new Trianon Lofts at the corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove.

While the four-story, 24-unit rental building isn’t physically massive, its 50 percent ratio of market-rate housing units is significant. It represents the highest concentration of new market-rate units in Woodlawn in more than four decades, says developer Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH). The remaining apartments will be marketed as affordable-rate rentals.

Designed by UrbanWorks, the Trianon Lofts broke ground in July of 2016. The transit-oriented building is named after the ornate Rapp & Rapp-designed Trianon Ballroom which was demolished nearby in 1967. A daycare operator has signed on to occupy the new structure’s 7,000 square foot ground floor retail space.