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100% Affordable, Net-Zero Tower Coming to the Loop

A group led by The Community Builders has been named winner of the City of Chicago’s C40 Reinventing Cities competition. The winning design reportedly will be Chicago’s first net-zero, 100% affordable high-rise. 

Known as Assemble Chicago, the $102-million, 20-story structure planned by The Community Builders for city-owned property at Van Buren Street and Plymouth Court was selected through a Department of Planning and Development RFP issued last year through the international C40 Reinventing Cities competition.

“Chicago’s Reinventing Cities announcement today will provide the City of Chicago with much-needed affordable and sustainable housing in the heart of the loop,” said Laura Jay, C40 regional director for North America. 

Designed by Studio Gang with DesignBridge and JAQ Corp, the Assemble Chicago project was selected over three other net-zero, mixed-use proposals due to its superior design, commitment to affordability, family-sized units, development team experience, proposed purchase price and community feedback.

Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.


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