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New Development Pairs Public Housing, Library With Aim of Fostering Community

A rendering of the Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Library branch. Image © SOM

Source: Chicago Tribune

City officials broke ground Sunday on a new development in University Village/Little Italy that will fold together public housing with a library, a move Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hopes will foster a sense of community.

The Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library will sit at 1342 W. Taylor St. on the city’s Near West Side ... It is one of three projects the city is undertaking that mixes housing with public libraries.


At the University Village/Little Italy development, a one-story public library will connect with two four-story mixed-income residential units, according to a news release from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, LLP, the design firm working on the project. It will also include retail and community spaces, and a rooftop will be accessible to residents and visitors of the library.

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