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Lathrop Homes plan seeks to preserve history, riverfront and public housing

Lathrop Homes plan seeks to preserve history, riverfront and public housing

Lathrop Homes, a historic but decaying public housing project on Chicago's North Side, would become a mixed-income riverfront community of more than 1,100 residences under a plan developers are expected to unveil Wednesday.

The complicated, controversial and long-awaited proposal combines environmental restoration, historic preservation and low-income housing on an isolated site amid gentrifying neighborhoods. And it's been a lightning rod for critics.

Under the plan, developers would preserve 19 of 31 existing structures on the site, including a portion of the public housing units. It also would include new residential construction and retail development, and would open up...

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