Located 3 blocks from the Dorchester Projects, Dante Harper Townhomes once was a CHA development that consisted of 5 low rise buildings that offered 36 townhome style units. The buildings have stood boarded and vacant for several years and has become a symbol of abandonment and deterioration in the economically struggling yet culturally vibrant Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. In partnership with Brinshore Development and CHA, we propose to reactive the Dante Harper Townhomes into a development that provides 32 artist and mixed income rental housing, as well as an onsite art center where creative expressions, cultural exchanges, and art production can happen. We are thinking about the role that artists play in redeveloping neighborhoods and are designing a component of service and exchange. This unique development mixes public housing residents with an interest or affinity for the arts together with practicing artists who commit to volunteering time to work with residents and their children. This project has been getting a lot of attention from the press, our supporters, and the city. Within the past three weeks Dante Harper was subject of discussion at this year’s Chicago Ideas Week and has been recently covered by WBEZ and WTTW. Much of the excitement comes from the announcement at last week’s CHA board meeting that our proposal for Dante Harper has been approved for development. We can not be more ecstatic and we’re working round the clock to get this project going. Share your thoughts, we’d love to hear them.