A nonprofit developer has submitted plans for affordable housing on the West Side in a dual effort at community renewal and environmental awareness.
Preservation of Affordable Housing has proposed two buildings at Kedzie and Fifth avenues in the Garfield Park area that would contain 81 apartments and space for small retailers. The vacant property is city-owned and the $25 million proposal is part of an international competition encouraging sustainable design in metro areas.
The three-story buildings will include solar panels, green roofs, energy-efficient lighting and other features that aim for a carbon-neutral impact while lowering energy costs, said a zoning application for the site. The proposal was introduced to the City Council on Wednesday, which will lead to a committee hearing and a vote that could come in a few weeks.