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Oakwood Shores Redevelopment Plan

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Housing Authority commissioned Gensler to develop a 10-year vision for Oakwood Shores, a mixed-income housing site located on the city’s South Side. Although 853 units had been constructed on the 93-acre site, more than 34 acres remain vacant. An extensive community engagement process was conducted with neighborhood residents, elected officials, and key stakeholders. The plan introduces more than 1,200 units of mixed-income housing. Approximately 500 units will be set aside for former public housing residents, 300 units for affordable housing, and 400 units for market-rate housing. The long-term plan includes more than 60,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and commercial spaces for shops, offices, and local business entrepreneurs from the neighborhood.