“INVEST South/West proposals presented for Austin, Englewood and Auburn Gresham
“Key steps in the INVEST South/West RFP process took place this month, when DPD staff, aldermen, and neighborhood roundtable groups reviewed developer presentations for three key opportunity sites:
• Chicago and Laramie in Austin
• 838-58 W. 79th St. in Auburn Gresham
• Englewood Square Phase II in Englewood
In addition to asking questions and providing feedback, webinar participants were invited to respond to comprehensive surveys about each proposal, which will help inform the City’s evaluation of each RFP response.”
Winning projects could be announced winter, 2021.”
“An old Englewood firehouse is at the center of proposals aimed at transforming a section of the West 63rd Street corridor into a destination that will attract Englewood families, artists and entrepreneurs.
“Four developer teams shared their vision for the 98-year-old firehouse and an adjacent area during two community meetings as part of the city’s INVEST South/West initiative. Now, the city is calling on Englewood residents for input on what should be built during the second phase of the Englewood Square project.
“DL3 Realty, the firm behind the first phase of Englewood Square, which is anchored by Whole Foods Market, is behind two separate proposals focusing on the firehouse site, one of which would see affordable housing developed. Other ideas include creating a neighborhood “living room” and business incubator, a mixed-use indoor/outdoor space, and a complex with housing, retail and the converted firehouse as a culinary incubator.
“All the proposals have community wealth-building in mind and would support local business owners while fostering a new generation of Black entrepreneurs.
“Two online surveys about all four proposals will be available until Thursday. An evaluation discussion is scheduled for Feb. 18 and the winning development will be announced shortly after.” (Golden, Block Club Chicago, 2/1/21)
Business Hubs, Housing And Public Plazas: Developers Make Their Pitches For 2nd Phase Of Englewood Square; Four proposals center around repurposing the former firehouse near 63rd and Halsted. Residents can share feedback on the proposals through online surveys until Thursday, Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 2/1/21