26th July 2023

Chicago's Fifth City Commons breaks ground!

Chicago, USA


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On July 26th, Mayor Johnson led the groundbreaking ceremony for Fifth City Commons, an all-electric affordable housing development in East Garfield Park.

Fifth City Commons was a 2019 winning project in the first edition of Reinventing Cities. The project focuses on providing affordable housing close to the Kedzie Avenue Green and Blue Line stations. The all-electric building incorporates sustainable elements such as triple pane windows and air sealing to reduce energy consumption, in line with Passive House principles and is projected to conclude by late 2024 or 2025!

Fifth City Commons

Fifth City Commons is a new residential community, which lives up to its name not only by generating 100% of its power on-site and processing 100% of its storm water on-site, but also thanks to its resilient design prepared for the future climate change challenges that Chicago will face. The structure will be equipped with rooftop solar panels, providing two-thirds of its energy requirements. The property will also boast mature landscaping, electric vehicle charging stations, on-site stormwater retention, ample bicycle parking, and on-site composting facilities.

Learn more about the winning project here!