Around the Corner: Park Douglas – A new beginning for a historic Chicago neighborhood


Last fall, Brinshore broke ground on Chicago’s Park Douglas project, a 137-unit mixed income rental complex plus a new hospital building – part of a comprehensive redevelopment that will ultimately include over 300 units of rental and for-sale housing near Mount Sinai Medical Center in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.

Tenants, who began moving in this summer, hail the project as a welcome shot in the arm for the surrounding near west side community of North Lawndale. Amenities include nearby historic 173-acre Douglas Park, widely regarded as one of the city’s largest and finest green spaces.

The $44 million dollar initiative partners the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Sinai Community Institute – a subsidiary of Mount Sinai Hospital – and the developer B-M Ogden LLC, a partnership of Brinshore Development, LLC and Michaels Development Company. That partnership includes a commitment from Sinai to provide services to both former public housing residents who will move into the development and all residents in the immediate area.

Park Douglas incorporates traditional architecture that harmonizes with the existing neighborhood, and the developers worked hard to incorporate sustainable design features that were reinforced with the use of salvaged building materials. Green amenities include Energy Star ratings for each building, responsible storm water management strategies, above-code insulation standards, community gardens for residents and LEED certification for the management office. The new community center includes geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, bioswales for water runoff management, and photovoltaic panels. These green strategies should substantially lower energy bills for all residents.

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