Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) and representatives from the Chicago Housing Authority answered questions at a public meeting last week regarding the future of the Julia Lathrop Homes at 2000 W. Diversey.
Officials plan to hold a series of meetings this year to decide the future of the 35-acre complex. All of the current residents will be consolidated into the area south of Diversey. Residents are expected to move this summer.
Residency at the Lathrop Homes has declined in recent years, leaving a number of boarded up units. Earlier this year, Chicago Public Schools announced the closure of Schneider Elementary, which has a significant number of students from Lathrop.
CHA has convened a working group of resident leaders, CHA staff, city officials and community organizations to assess the most effective strategy to revitalize Lathrop Homes and reintegrate the residential complex with the surrounding community.
Although the buildings will soon be closed down, the Cotter Boys & Girls Club (2915 N. Leavitt) and the Mary Crane Center (2974 N. Clybourn) will remain open.
A development team has been created, including Related Midwest, Heartland Housing, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp., Magellan Development Group and Ardmore Associates.
The next meeting will be a “Kick-off” sometime in May. In the meantime, more information is available on the Lathrop Community website, where you can also sign up to receive the group’s newsletters and updates.