Urban Land Institute (ULI) Vision Awards honor projects and programs in Chicago that exemplify success in the development process. Projects with exemplary construction, economic viability, marketing, management, and design were recognized on Wednesday, June 3 at the Redmoon Theater. Woodlawn Park, developed by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), received an award in the Program category.
Woodlawn Park is a community development that focuses on community renewal and the restoration of historic linkages between the University of Chicago, the neighborhood of Woodlawn, Washington Park and the CTA green line.
Woodlawn Park replaces the existing Grove Parc, a distressed Section 8 complex of 504 units. The new development mix includes 404 units of affordable, market-rate and elderly housing as well as commercial and recreational components. It will be built in phases over a 4 year construction period.
Woodlawn was one of the recipients of the first-ever Implementation Grants awarded under HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a strategy and tool to support local leaders in transforming high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into neighborhoods with healthy, affordable housing, safe streets, and access to quality educational opportunities.
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