LR Development Company LLC, Chicago Housing
Roosevelt Square is the largest Planned Development (PD) ever approved in Chicago, with 166 acres on 37 blocks on the near west side. The project is a result of the Chicago Housing Authority’s program to renovate and transform its housing developments from enclaves of disadvantaged, mostly minority residents to true mixed-income communities. Most of the high-rise apartments are being removed and replaced with lower buildings. New mixed-income developments will have equal numbers of housing units for sale at market rates, affordable housing units for sale, and subsidized rental apartments akin to traditional public housing. Units are distributed evenly throughout the development, and all appear identical from the outside with respect to building materials, ceiling heights, site development, etc.
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (WLA) was the landscape architect for the project. Scope of services included a landscape master plan, urban design guidelines for site and landscape development, schematic design for the entire project, and design development for the five blocks of Phase 1. WLA was responsible for design and documentation of site landscaping; walkways and patios; ornamental fencing and screening fencing; streetscape design, including street tree planting and coordination with building courtesy walks, alleys, intersections, traffic and street lights; and underground utilities.
The PD was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in late 2003. Pursuant to approval of the PD, WLA undertook landscape contract documents for Building Permit submittals on the fourteen housing types in Phase 1. Construction of Phase 1 was completed in 2006. Subsequent phases began final design in 2004 and will be completed in five more phases through 2015.