Englewood Connect

Englewood Connect

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

As part of the City of Chicago’s INVEST South/West initiative to uplift and revitalize underinvested communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides, SOM is designing a mixed-use entrepreneurial and community hub in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. A design and development collaboration with TnS Studio, McLaurin Development Partners and Farpoint Development, the multi-phase plan will be a conduit for social exchange and community engagement.

Englewood Connect includes a dynamic mix of community spaces focused around a flexible public space called the Green Street Commons. The Englewood Living Room, a pavilion for markets, co-working spaces, exhibitions, and community gatherings, will activate the site year-round. A culinary center will provide commercial kitchen space for food-based businesses, and hoop houses will grow fresh produce from local vendors in all seasons.

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

Sustainable design elements include permeable surfaces, repurposed construction materials, and creative uses of rainwater for urban agriculture and landscaping.

The Englewood Connect team will work 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.

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