CHA, City of Chicago Seek Proposals of Former Cabrini-Green Sites

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Acting Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones announced that the CHA and the City of Chicago are seeking proposals for the first phase of redevelopment of the remaining 65 acres of vacant land in the historic Cabrini-Green area. Part of an overall community plan developed by the CHA, the city of Chicago and the Near North Working Group, composed of former Cabrini-Green residents, the Request for Proposals (RFP) calls for the development of approximately 900 units of housing in a mixed-income residential community on approximately 17 acres of land at three separate sites. The RFP requires between one-third and 40 percent of the housing be reserved for public housing residents with both rental and home-ownership opportunities.

Built from 1942-62, Cabrini-Green was one of the first large-scale efforts between local and federal government to provide housing to low-income families and the growing number of industrial workers in the area pre-war, made up of four separate developments: Francis Cabrini Homes, Extension North, Extension South and the William Green Homes. Responses to the RFP are due April 29, 2016 at 1 p.m. CST and respondents may submit for one site or multiple sites, although each site requires an independent proposal. Extra points will be awarded in the scoring of proposals with financially-sound deals that provide the maximum number of public housing units. Those seeking to respond to the RFP can download it at or by emailing Benet Haller at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development at

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