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Proposed Pullman artist lofts face new federal setback

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The $15 million affordable-rate housing project will require additional overview before it can break ground

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

A plan to bring 38 affordable artist lofts to Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood faces a new setback from the federal government. Though the project was deemed in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties and had even secured federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development recently declared the need for further review by state historic preservation officials before any work can occur.

Slated to front Langley Avenue between 111th and 112th streets, the plan calls for a new three-story, architecturally contextual brick building designed by Stantec, formerly VOA Associates. The new construction sits between two existing historic structures that would be restored and incorporated into the development. The complex also includes civic amenities in the form of art studios, classrooms, and gallery space.

Developer David Doig of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives tells Crain’s that he believes the latest federal request represents only a temporary setback. The developer hopes to break ground on schedule in the spring. The Pullman Artspace Lofts project would be the historic Far South Side community’s first new multi-family residential development in decades.