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Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

Date: 2013

Client: Lathrop Community Partners

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Farr Associates developed the master plan and led the public involvement process of the Chicago Housing Authority’s redevelopment of Lathrop Homes into a LEED for Neighborhood Development certified project. The 35-acre site along the Chicago River is a historic example of Depression-Era federally funded public housing developments, with low-rise masonry architecture and a Jens Jensen-designed Prairie School landscaped site. Farr is working with the development team to design and certify the site at a Gold level of LEED-ND as mandated by CHA in the redevelopment agreement. The process has involved reorienting the buildings to be a more active part of neighborhood streets, determining areas for new development and historic preservation, and concepts for activating the area along the Chicago River.