Located in the North Lawndale neighborhood, the Homan Square development has been ongoing since the late 1980s. FitzGerald Associates has been involved in architecture and planning on the 56 acre site since 1994, providing site planning and design services for phases III, IV, and V.
The most recent phase of the Homan Square redevelopment, Independence Apartments, is a 42-unit affordable-rate apartment building on Independence Boulevard adjacent to the CSX Railroad right of way that runs through the area. FitzGerald provided full architectural services for the building, which received Chicago Green Homes two-star certification, and continues to be involved as preliminary planning proceeds for future phases.
Once home to a five million square foot headquarters complex for Sears, Roebuck & Company, the area hit difficult times in the 1960’s and never fully recovered. Now, because of the work of private developers, city commitments and community groups, redevelopment has been going strong in the area for over 20 years, the result of which is a revitalized mixed-income community.