Continuing its drive to rebuild the Lathrop Homes public housing project on Diversey and Clybourn, the Chicago Housing Authority released a promotional video today. About seven minutes long, the video touts the efforts of Lathrop Community Partners, the project’s development group, to engage the existing project’s residents and surrounding community members as they design a new mixed-income development.
CHA and Lathrop Community Partnerswill host another open house from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at New Life Community Church, 2958 N. Damen Ave. for community members to provide their ideas and feedback on three concepts for the future of Lathrop Homes.
According to a CHA press release, “Following the initial open house, CHA and LCP will use the community input to inform and refine a second generation of plans. These plans will then be presented at a second community meeting slated for early next year. Additional community meetings will take place in spring 2013 working toward a final master plan that will have been shaped by the community process.”
The initial plans released by CHA in September surprised many community members and observers because the proposal is considerably denser than the existing area, increasing traffic concerns. Preservationists have also argued that the proposed changes are too big and do not respect Lathrop Homes’ place on the National Register of Historic Places.
What do you think of the proposed plans? Do you plan to go to the open house? Tell us in the comments.