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LeClaire Courts Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

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LeClaire Courts is a large complex of row homes and townhouse-style public housing apartments that was constructed in 1950. A group from the Chicago Housing Authority began talks in March 2006 to discuss what the future might hold for LeClaire Courts, which is destined to be razed for a beautiful new development of mixed-income family homes. An elementary school and small park with a baseball diamond and indoor gym share the land with LeClaire Courts. 

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Though no timetable has been set, the Chicago Housing Authority has announced plans for a complete overhaul and facelift for the housing projects in LeClaire Courts. The current suggestions also call for a significant expansion of LeClaire Courts from the current 270 units to 900, with properties ranging from heavily subsidized homes for low-income families to market rate condos. At the same time, a private developer has proposed to lead the way by erecting a condominium complex on the opposite side of Cicero Avenue in what is now a scrap yard. The whole development would cost upwards of $35 million and it would serve as a catalyst for the CHA to go forward with the proposed mixed-income housing complex.

There’s reason to believe that the overhaul of LeClaire Courts neighborhood is indicative of a wider change in the southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport. While on the north side and closer to the city center land for building is growing increasingly scarce and existing properties are becoming more expensive, the area surrounding LeClaire Courts continues to be relatively cheap and ripe for development, and chances are, it will be in much higher demand in the coming years.


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