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Hundreds of apartments proposed for 8-acre Douglas Park site across from Mt. Sinai

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The seven-building West Side development would revitalize long-vacant former Chicago Housing Authority land

The 8-acre mostly vacant development site is just north of Mt. Sinai Hospital on Chicago’s West Side.
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A massive mixed-use development containing hundreds of housing units could be coming to the Douglas Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. Dubbed the Ogden Commons, the mixed-income project came to light in a recent zoning ordinance application filed with the City of Chicago.

Located along the 2600-2700 blocks of W. Ogden Avenue just north of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the first phase of the project will occupy 8 acres of mostly vacant land once home to the Chicago Housing Authority’s long-gone Ogden Courts East and Lawndale Complex projects. The site is directly south of the 137-unit mixed-income Park Douglas development which was completed in 2012.

According to its yet-to-be-approved zoning application, the development will feature commercial, hotel, and residential uses. The seven 2- to 5-story buildings of phase one will deliver a combined 384 affordable and market-rate residential units, new office and retail spaces, streetscape improvements, and parking for a whopping 547 vehicles.

The Ogden Commons is a joint venture between developer the Habitat Company LLC and nearby property owners Sinai Health System and Cinespace Film Studios. Local firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is listed as the design architect.

Last June, the Chicago Housing Authority selected the Habitat, Sinai, and Cinespace team from five competing proposals to redevelop the Lawndale Complex and Ogden Courts East parcels.

Provided zoning approval moves forward as planned, construction on the sprawling West Side project could start in late 2018.