Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town Opens, providing more affordable housing options for individuals and families

“To build a community, you have to do it from the inside out. And, you have to start with people. This means that we must make more than a bricks-and-mortar commitment. It means that we must all make a commitment to work together to make a difference in the city.”

~ Peter Holsten, President, Holsten Real Estate

Parkside of Old Town’s 459 Terrace (phase 2b) is the latest development in the revitalization of Cabrini-Green. As a part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation,” Parkside of Old Town shifts the old public housing model to a mixed-income strategy. At places like Cabrini Green, people were cut off. Physically and psychologically, they were a city apart. The new apartment buildings aim to eliminate those barriers through lower-density development, greater income diversity among tenants, and amenities that attract residents across a broad range.Daytime exterior shot of 459 Parkside of Old TownTerrace 459 consists of three building styles: mid-rise, townhomes, and city flats. Image courtesy David Schalliol.

Landon Bone Baker Architects were fortunate to work with mission-based developer holsten real estate development corp. and the cabrini green l.a.c. to create a design centered on improving the quality of people’s lives and the neighborhood they call home.Compiled photo of two close up shots of Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town precast concreteBy partnering early on with the contractor, Linn-Mathes, and precast consultant, Spancrete, LBBA was able to devise a precast concrete panel that complimented the mid-rise program and unit layouts, while creating a building massing sensitive to pedestrians. The design articulates the flexibility and adaptability of the module.Exterior shot of Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town 3-story building at duskOnce fully planted, the interior courtyard, designed by McKay Landscape Architects, will connect neighbors while delineating more private spaces for residents.Mayor Rahm Emanuel and crowd at entrance of Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town after ribbon cuttingHolsten Real Estate Development Corp., Cabrini Green Local Advisory Council, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Housing Authority, Congressman Danny Davis, and Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr., cut the ribbon on Terrace 459.

Client: Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation and the Cabrini Green Local Advisory Council

Contractor: Linn-Mathes, Inc.

McKay Landscape Architects (landscape)
Prism Engineering (civil)
C.E. Anderson & Anderson (structural)
Spancrete (precast concrete)
Lehman Design Consultants, Inc. (MEP)

Read the City of Chicago’s Press Release here.