Woodlawn leaders joined with Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) officials, tenants and neighbors to mark the grand opening November 21 of The Grant at Woodlawn Park, which is replacing the Grove Parc Plaza Apartments, the second phase of the redevelopment project at 6129 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
The 504 units in Grove Parc Plaza are being replaced by 420 residential units of mixed income housing and 80,000 square feet of retail, a youth center, community and commercial space throughout the neighborhood.
“Woodlawn Park is a critical anchor for the future of Woodlawn,” said Alderman Willie B. Cochran. “By replacing a physically deteriorated Section 8 development with a successful mixed income housing development, we are changing the character of Cottage Grove and Woodlawn as a whole.”
“Our investment in Woodlawn Park is creating a community that offers residents the resources and support they need to maintain stable housing and to achieve their goals and aspirations,” said POAH President Amy Anthony. “By de-concentrating poverty on the site and replacing the existing Section 8 development with mixed-income housing and retail development, we are creating safe and affordable housing for the hard-working families in the Woodlawn community.”
Woodlawn Park was chosen to be one of eight redevelopment projects across the nation to receive a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With $30.5 million in funding, POAH and its partner, the City of Chicago, are making investments in affordable and market-rate housing, education, parks, and commercial activity to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for Woodlawn.
“The CNI award has expanded and accelerated our Woodlawn plans to go beyond housing and attract other private, philanthropic and public funders eager to be part of a plan that includes upgrading and integrating every aspect of the community from housing to parks, education to public safety, from job creation to improved streetscapes and landscapes,” said Anthony.
“We have now replaced three full blocks of the long troubled Grove Parc Apartments and more work is scheduled to begin later this year,” said Bill Eager, vice president, POAH Chicago Office. “Our housing work along Cottage Grove and throughout the community will plant the seeds for additional investment across this historic community.”