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19-story high-rise seeks city approval to rise at former Cabrini-Green site

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The proposed tower would be joined by two low-rise buildings and a cluster of low-rise townhomes

An earlier, 21-story rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the former Near North Career Metropolitan High School site.
Gensler

The next phase in the ongoing redevelopment of the former Cabrini-Green housing complex is seeking city approval to build a nearly 500-unit, mixed-income project at the northwest corner of Clybourn Avenue and Larrabee Street.

Texas-based Hunt Development Group and local partner Imagine Group filed a zoning application with the Chicago City Clerk outlining their vision for the 6.3-acre, wedge-shaped parcel that was once part of the Near North Career Metropolitan High School.

Designed by Gensler, the multiphase plan starts with a 19-story, 238-foot-tall tower on the corner. The next phases include a pair of mid-rise apartment buildings fronting Clybourn followed by townhouses facing Larrabee.

Of the 482 apartment and townhouse units at Clybourn and Larrabee, 217 would be offered at market rate. 82 units would be affordable-rate with the remainder going to residents on Chicago Housing Authority waiting lists, according to the CHA.

An elevation drawing filed with the city specifies a contemporary-looking glass and metal panel facade.
Chicago City Clerk

Much different from the area’s public housing towers that were demolished 2011, the upcoming development is the latest Near North Side project to embrace a more granular, mixed-income model seen in nearby examples such as Parkside of Old Town and Brinshore’s proposal at Oak and Larrabee.

As the CHA works with private developers to fulfill its obligations to return 700 public housing units to the neighborhood, the surrounding area has experienced an influx in new-market rate housing as downtown’s building pushed into the Near North Side. Notable recent projects include New City, The Xavier, Niche 905, Old Town Park, and the redevelopment of North Avenue’s Father and Son Plaza.