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Chicago Plan Commission approves redevelopment of Lathrop Homes

Chicago Plan Commission approves redevelopment of Lathrop Homes

Setting aside gentrification concerns, the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved a controversial proposal that will turn Lathrop Homes, a rare North Side island of public housing that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a mixed-income development.

The three-phase plan calls for providing more than 1,100 units of rental housing to a variety of income groups and renovating 19 of 31 historic buildings at the riverfront complex at Diversey Parkway and Clybourn Avenue.

The proposal will eliminate 525 units of public housing from Lathrop, which currently has 925 subsidized units, although fewer than 150 of those are occupied. The projected loss of...

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