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The first project to proceed with construction in the INVET South/West program broke ground in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood Wednesday

Auburn Gresham Apartments Break Ground; Part of INVEST South/West

Chicago city officials and local leaders joined Wednesday to break ground on Auburn Gresham Apartments, a two-building, 58-unit, mixed-use complex in the South Side’s  Auburn Gresham neighborhood. It represents the first of more than 10 major construction projects to move forward through the city’s INVEST South/West initiative.  

“This transit-oriented development will not only bring affordable housing and dining options to the neighborhood but will revitalize this corridor for all South Side residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

A joint venture of minority-owned Imagine Group and Evergreen Real Estate Group, the $43-million project is the result of a Department of Planning and Development RFP for vacant city land at 79th and Green streets. Envisioned as a single building in 2021, the proposal was subsequently refined through three community workshops that shifted more than half of the proposed units to a second city-owned site at 79th and Halsted streets. 

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