JUL 21, 2016

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS
Staff Writer

Woodlawn residents will soon be able to move into the first market rate rental property in over 40 years thanks to the new Trianon Lofts, 803 E. 61st St., which broke ground today.

The upcoming development features 24 units that have two bedrooms and two baths each at 900 to 950 square feet. Units will feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a washer and dryer inside of the unit for the market price.

Half of the units will be at market rate pricing, which is currently set at $1,400 a month, and the other half will be available to residents that earn up to 80 percent of the area’s median income.

In the new development, commercial space will sit on the first floor, offering jobs to community members. There will also be a daycare center called Lala’s Land of Learning inside of the building to promote early childhood education.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

Trianon Lofts is only one of many projects that have been completed on the Cottage Grove corridor by Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH). The Jackson, 6227 S. Cottage Grove Ave., was the initial development in 2011 as part of the revitalization of Woodlawn.

The Washington at Woodlawn Park, 6154 S. Rhodes Ave., was renovated for the first time since 1911 in 2012, and The Grant at Woodlawn Park, 6129 S. Cottage Grove Ave., was completed in 2013 with 33 new mixed-income units.

The Burnham at Woodlawn Park, located at 6134 S. Cottage Grove Ave., officially opened last October, which features affordable housing for lower income seniors as well as a financial resource center, which is open to the public.

All of these projects are a part of a $3.5 million Choice Neighborhood Grant to establish community and economic development in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

“We couldn’t be more excited to help build a stronger, healthier Woodlawn,” said Aaron Gornstein, the President and CEO of POAH. “Woodlawn is a perfect example of how distressed urban neighborhoods can be re-designed to become communities of choice.”

POAH’s projects focus on redeveloping the Cottage Grove corridor in the Woodlawn neighborhood while keeping in mind the residents who live there and their needs.

“It’s about mixed income communities and that is how communities should be,” said Ald. Willie Cochran (20th).

Looking ahead, POAH’s next project is the Woodlawn Station that is slated to start construction this fall. The development will be a 70-unit, mixed-use building built at the entrance to the Green Line station at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.

a.matyus@hpherald.com

(Left to right) Derick Harris, Kevin Goldsmith, Pam Daniels-Hasili, Calvin Holmes, Ald. Willie Cochran (20), Antonio Riley, Aaron Gornstein, Andrea Zopp, State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3), Yolanda Wofford and Teresa Walton participate in the ground breaking ceremony, Thursday, July 21, for the Trianon Lofts, 803 E. 61st St.

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