Juan G. Moreno
CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES
Team Pioneros, is the result of a design concept envisioned by JGMA and led by Park Row Development in collaboration with multiple firms making up the 100 percent Latino-owned team. JGMA envisions the new building as a continuation of the existing bank building highlighting the future of the neighborhood meant to be experienced from all sides with a multi-colored façade.
Restoring the bank building into a center for Latino commerce would be the first goal of the project, to do this JGMA proposes anchoring the building themselves by moving their River North office to the top two floors of the refurbished structure. The lower three floors would become a cultural hub, incubator, and workspace in collaboration with the Business Technology Education Center (BTEC) and the Latino architects organization Arquitectos. The new addition seeks to stretch the past into the future with a design that directly connects to the north side of the bank. This new construction will house a public plaza and a new Chicago Public Library branch on the first floor, with two garage levels holding 114 parking spaces directly above. Setting back from the lower levels, the fourth floor would be used by Humboldt Park Health providing residents and locals alike various services, a large community room, and an expansive outdoor amenity space. Perched on top of all that will be the residential portion of the design, the remaining floors will round out the nine-story structure with 75 apartment units. The tower was intentionally located on the eastern edge of the site to create a public plaza for the community and consider the adjacent residential streetscape along Yates Blvd.