As part of Chicago’s INVEST South/West initiative, Gensler was selected to lead master planning for a 10-block corridor strategy plan to transform a stretch along Chicago Avenue in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. The project aims to create development opportunities that will generate wealth for residents, drive population growth, and bring much-needed amenities to the community’s doorstep.
Gensler will also be the Design Architect for Phase 1 of the corridor plan, which is anchored by The AVE, a new mixed-use destination at the corner of Chicago and Central Park Avenues. This 40-unit mixed-income building contains more than 16,000 square feet of retail, office, and commercial space. In addition to providing workforce housing, and a grocery store, The AVE introduces new, centralized office space for the locally-based Neighborhood Housing Services and the Access Health Network, enhancing accessibility to two critical community resources. Located at the heart of The AVE, a plaza dubbed “The Stoop,” will be home to the local farmer’s market and host outdoor activities that support a vibrant public realm.