Riverside District Master Plan
This 60-acre former industrial site along the Chicago River is located on the southern boundary of the Chicago’s Downtown Loop. The location, though it presented challenges, also offers a tremendous opportunity to reconnect the near south side neighborhoods to the elevated Roosevelt Road corridor, Chicago River Walk, and Chinatown communities.
Challenges encountered during the plan’s development included site accessibility, construction over an existing active rail line, establishing physical and visual linkages to the project, and creating a unique sense of place. SCB Planning’s design concept envisioned the landscape as a key design feature reinforced by a linear “Central Park” that would connect a network of ecological landscapes, pocket parks, and greenways. A river walk promenade links the riverfront development through a series of multi-family residential buildings and townhomes. The open spaces in the plan serve as pedestrian gathering spots and linkages to the surrounding neighborhoods. The redevelopment of this currently vacant site will greatly improve the transition between the downtown and South Loop neighborhoods, and activate the riverfront of the near south side.