BRONZEVILLE — The Prairie Shores apartment complex in Bronzeville is getting a multimillion-dollar clubhouse for it residents as its new owners work to modernize the more than 60-year-old complex.
Local officials and residents were on hand Wednesday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking. Construction is scheduled to be done by spring.
The project is part of a longterm modernization plan for Prairie Shores, 2901 S. King Drive, a five-tower apartment complex built in 1957 and bought by Farpoint and Golub Development in 2019.
The facility will have an array of amenities, including a two-story fitness center with yoga and Crossfit training, a grab-and-go cafe, a room with lounge seating, a game room with a kitchen area and a co-working lounge with a conference room and private computer rooms. It will house leasing and housing offices for the complex, as well.
Representatives from Farpoint, Golub, Ald. Sophia King’s 4th ward office and U.S. Rep. Kam Buckner’s office participated in the groundbreaking for the 17,541-square-foot complex, which Golub Senior Vice President Steve Sise said he hopes will bring together residents.
“Our goal was to modernize this fantastic apartment community, which had so many great benefits but also wasn’t taking full advantage of the area — the proximity to Downtown, the lakefront, the IIT campus. So we saw the opportunity to really enhance the living experience here,” Sise said.
Officials hope the clubhouse will complement revitalization efforts in the area. Farpoint is part of a supergroup of developers heading the redevelopment of the former Michael Reese site, which cleared an important hurdle last month when City Council greenlit the $97 million sale of the 48-acre space. That project is expected to take two decades to complete.
Longtime resident Cheryl Bynum, who moved to the complex nine years ago in search of a hassle-free lifestyle after selling her home, is looking forward to hosting family and friends in the clubhouse.
“This is something no other apartment complex will have. I’m really excited about the relaxation area and the yoga. We’ll be able to have some place to go without leaving the area. It’s great,” Bynum said.
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