When the original Atrium Village opened in 1977, it represented a vision by four Chicago churches: that people of different incomes and ethnicities could live together harmoniously.
In the coming years, the low-rise, low-density, gated community will be rebuilt to be a LEED certified, transit-oriented, mixed income, mixed-use development built in several phases with minimal disruption to existing tenants—one that reflects the changes in the neighborhood, the city and best housing practices that have evolved over the past four decades.
When complete, the New Atrium Village will be anchored by four high-rise buildings surrounding a public two acre terraced park, complete with water features, sitting areas, walking paths, a ring of townhomes at its perimeter and a free-standing low scale building designed for a restaurant. The first floor of the Division Street buildings will harbor a boutique fresh food market and other retail offerings that are needed in the neighborhood.
Staying true to the original development’s mission, 20% of the apartments in the new complex will be income restricted, providing workforce housing close to transit and employment opportunities.