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A High-rise at Lathrop Homes?

Journalist Curtis Black documents that CHA's talk about replacing Lathrop's public housing units is just that - talk, with no commitments envisioned in  the Lathrop master plan.

Community members in Chicago Protest Lathrop Homes plan

As plans to makeover Chicago’s Lathrop Homes become more clear, debate becomes more heated over whether the development team has the storied development’s best interests in mind.

Residents, activists oppose new vision for Lathrop Homes

Lathrop residents including many LSNA leaders were out in force for the Lathrop Community Partners meeting on the future of Lathrop Homes. “I just want Lathrop to still be Lathrop,” said Corie Cornwell, 29, a resident who grew up in the complex. “We just want to be able to live here as we have always been.”

Preview of Draft Master Plan for Lathrop Homes released

The plan calls for preserving most of the Lathrop's buildings north of Diversey Parkway, but demolishing all but three buildings south of Diversey.  It continues to include 45 percent market-rate development.

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes

HUD seeking letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes.

More market-rate homes proposed at CHA's Lathrop site

"The majority of the 258 respondents favored restoring the current buildings or reusing most of them, according to the agency. Residents in the area expressed concern about the height of the proposed buildings, and they opposed dramatically increasing the number of apartments, the CHA's report shows."

Lathrop Homes the New Navy Pier? Redevelopment Planned for CHA Project.

Mary Thomas, a nine-year Lathrop resident and member of the housing project's leadership team, shared Cornwell's concerns.

"Now all of a sudden they've announced 50 percent market rate. Why don't they give us 50 percent public?" she asked. "There's just too much of a need for housing right now."

A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested

"[Mary] Thomas says all three of the concepts for Lathrop should be dumped and there should be more input from residents. She says there's little affordable housing in the area and there's no need for market-rate units at all."

What's wrong with the three Lathrop Scenarios?

How do the three proposed scenarios compare to Lathrop Homes today and to the CHA Guidelines in the Request for Proposal issued 2010? 

Lathrop plans: little preservation, big TIF

“We were never involved,”  said long-time resident Mary Thomas, a leader of the Lathrop Leadership Team.  “It’s fraudulent.”