Englewood Connect

Englewood Connect

As part of the City of Chicago’s INVEST South/West initiative, the mixed-use master plan is being designed in partnership with the community and will support an entrepreneurial hub on Chicago’s South Side.

Project Facts
  • Size Site Area: 2 acres Building Gross Area: 31,240 square feet
  • Collaborators
    dbHMS TnS Studio Farpoint Development McLaurin Development Partners Omni Ecosystems Gwen Grossman Lighting Design Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. Bowa Construction Engage Civil Incorporated
Project Facts
  • Size Site Area: 2 acres Building Gross Area: 31,240 square feet
  • Collaborators
    dbHMS TnS Studio Farpoint Development McLaurin Development Partners Omni Ecosystems Gwen Grossman Lighting Design Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. Bowa Construction Engage Civil Incorporated

Under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative, Englewood Connect will expand upon recent neighborhood investments to create a local commerce and culinary ecosystem, greater connectivity and pedestrian access, and flexible public spaces. The project is designed to improve the quality of life for  Englewood residents through a mixed-use, phased development strategy focused around a flexible public space called the Green Street Commons. 

A proposed pavilion known as the Englewood Living Room will be open year-round, allowing for markets, co-working spaces, exhibitions, and community gathering areas. Sustainable design elements include permeable surfaces, repurposed construction materials, and creative uses of rainwater for urban agriculture and landscaping.

Englewood Connect
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Alongside new architecture, the plan restores and reinvigorates one of Englewood’s historic assets. The landmark “castle” firehouse, originally built in 1929 and now vacant, will be transformed into a multi-purpose venue. The adaptive reuse project aims to protect the landmark structure and provide spaces for business incubators to cultivate economic mobility and local entrepreneurship, accommodating  local business growth at all stages. 

The Englewood Connect team is working alongside local businesses, community organizations, residents, artists, and makers to develop a program informed by Englewood’s identity, and designed to serve the community’s changing needs.

As a team, Englewood Connect holds a portfolio centered around community growth and enhancing underutilized spaces, with project work in Englewood ranging from architectural support with students and local construction opportunities to small business expansion.

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