LINCOLN PARK — Crews will soon start renovating the Edith Spurlock Sampson Apartments and constructing a six-story apartment building that will bring more affordable housing, particularly for older people, to Lincoln Park.
The project, which was approved by the city in August 2019, will renovate the two senior living buildings at 2640 and 2720 N. Sheffield Ave., and construct a building on top of the parking lot in between them at 2700 N. Sheffield Ave. Developers presented their plans for construction during a community meeting Wednesday.
Crews are expected to break ground on the project this June, said Lee Pratter, deputy chief development officer at the Chicago Housing Authority, which will have 50 designated units within the new building.
The project will update the existing 394 units offered in the Edith Spurlock buildings and add 11 units, bringing the total number of apartments to 405, Pratter said. The new building will add 80 apartments to the complex, including 50 CHA units, 10 affordable units and 20 market-rate apartments.
“At this moment in time, the need to offer affordable units, particularly for seniors and families, is high, and this will deliver them with a quality living environment in a wonderful community,” Pratter said.
Construction will be done in three phases, with the first one beginning this summer and focusing on creating 17 parking spaces to replace the parking lot where the third building will be built, said Steve Sebastian, senior project manager for general contractor Leopardo Companies.
Phase two will begin about eight weeks into the project, and it will see renovations at 2640 N. Sheffield Ave. while constructing the new building’s foundation at 2700 N. Sheffield, Sebastian said. The second phase of the project will require a tower crane, which will never leave the fenced-in construction site, officials said.
The third phase will begin about 18 months later and continue into summer 2024, Sebastian said. It will include renovations of the second senior building at 2720 N. Sheffield Ave.
Residents living in the two buildings will be relocated to vacant units while the renovations occur, Pratter said. Many residents will only have to move once.
Developers said the project will require limited street closures, which they will notify the community about well in advance, Sebastian said. One of the longest closures will occur in the site’s alley, which will need to be fully resurfaced to accommodate utility lines running into the new building.
Neighbors said they were concerned about how disruptive the construction would be, but Sebastian said crews would primarily operate 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. They will occasionally work later, until 8 p.m.
“We acknowledge that disruptions will occur with construction, and we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure we’re adhering to the code while being sensitive, as well,” Pratter said.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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