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Lathrop Community Expands with 74 New Apartments in Phase 1B

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Recently, Lathrop Community Partners and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) worked to deliver the next phase of the redevelopment, bringing an additional 74 new mixed-income apartments to Lathrop, a historic site along the Chicago River that originally opened in 1938.  

The apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms, each thoughtfully redesigned and fully renovated with custom-divided light windows, new appliances, in-home washers and dryers, and wide-plank flooring. Further building modernizations include energy-efficient heating and central air conditioning, new roofs and significant repairs to Lathrop’s touchstone masonry.  

Beyond housing, Lathrop Community Partner’s work on the site has included bringing the Great Lawn—-originally designed by famous landscape architect Jens Jensen—-back to life and adding amenities like a riverwalk and nature trail, a kayak launch and a dog run. Lathrop also offers social, physical and mental well-being programming to all residents at all stages of life.  

Related Midwest’s redevelopment of Lathrop has already won numerous awards, including the Chicago AIA Design Excellence Award, ENR Midwest’s 2020 Best Projects, the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation and a Silver Ribbon from Friends of the Chicago River.  

When fully complete, Lathrop will include 1,116 mixed-income apartments set into an extraordinary green space in a historic, reinvigorated community.