A new LGBT senior housing project will soon rise alongside the Center on Halsted in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Designed by Gensler, the affordable housing project will compliment the nearby community center, which is also dedicated to the LGBT community. Construction is set to begin early this summer and the adaptive reuse project will incorporate a historic police station. The six-story housing tower will feature retail on the ground floor, a green roof and it will be designed to LEED Silver standards.
Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted and the Heartland Housing Alliance will run the program jointly offering shared spaces, community programs and 79 units of studio and one-bedroom apartments.
The project will include the adaptive reuse of a 1907 police station, one of the oldest in the nation. Adjacent to the police station will be a new six-story volume with retail on the ground floor and housing in the upper floors. The building will be topped off with an extensive green roof, along with an intensive green roof for resident’s use on the second level. This volume will also include a large family dining room and a flexible multi-purpose room for residents use. Gensler is designing the entire project to meet LEED Silver standards with the help of high-efficiency fixtures, finishes with high recycled content, and high-efficiency mechanical systems. Ground breaking for this project is expected to happen at the end of May.