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135 live-work lofts could be headed to this vacant Woodlawn lot

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The proposed development would occupy the corner of 63rd & Blackstone

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A vacant parcel at the corner of 63rd Street and Blackstone Avenue in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood could become the site of a glassy 10-story mixed-use project that would include 135 live-work lofts and ground floor retail. Known as the “Park Station Lofts,” news of project comes from contributor BVictor1, who posted both details as well as a single rendering of the project to the online development-oriented discussion forum.

The proposal is still in its infancy and would likely require a zoning change and other official city approvals to move forward. South Side-based firm DL3 Realty is listed as the developer, but there’s no information yet regarding the design architect or the amount of on-site parking expected to be included. Located steps from the 63rd Street Metra rail stop, the site however is not eligible for reduced parking minimums under Chicago’s transit-oriented development (TOD) ordinance. It will also require a zoning change to move forward.

Woodlawn appears to be building real momentum as of late. With preparations for the upcoming Obama Presidential Library ramping-up and the neighborhood adopting a more holistic, community-oriented approach to new development projects, the future looks bright for the winner of the 2016 Curbed Cup.