Farr Associates developed the master plan and managed the public involvement process as part of the Chicago Housing Authority's redevelopment of Lathrop Homes into a affordable and mixed income community. The 35-acre site along the Chicago River is a historic example of WPA-Era constructed housing, with low rise brick architecture in a vernacular Prairie School landscape. Farr Associates worked with the development team to design the site to LEED-ND Gold level certification. 

There were a wide variety of often conflicting visions for the site among stakeholders. The most contested issues were about historic preservation of Lathrop's buildings and landscape and the amount of affordable and market-rate housing provided in the redevelopment. The team hosted three public workshops to consider three schemes for the site that tested elements of each vision. Using feedback from each meeting, the team was able to narrow the design to one preferred concept. Construction is underway, with residents moving-in in late 2018.

Client: Lathrop Community Partners & Chicago Housing Authority

Location: Chicago, IL

Year: 2018

Certifications: LEED-ND Gold-goal

There were many passionate community voices that disagreed about the best approach for Lathrop's redevelopment. Farr Associates designed an outreach process to build consensus for a future neighborhood vision.