The owners of Prairie Shores apartments in Chicago—Farpoint Development and Golub & Company—have announced plans for a new resident clubhouse on the campus of the Bronzeville apartment community. The clubhouse, which is being designed by Gensler, with interiors by Stanton Interior Concepts, will be the centerpiece of a large modernization project that will re-imagine the residential community.
The clubhouse is scheduled to open late next year and is being designed to enhance the sense of community among those who live at Prairie Shores. The clubhouse will include fitness areas, relaxation spaces, a coffee bar, meeting areas and shared workspaces for conducting business, a rooftop and more. The building will be located between the 2901 and 2951 towers along Martin Luther King Drive.
Prairie Shores residents have lacked opportunities to connect with each other since across-the-street retail locations closed years ago and on-campus recreational areas have been diminished over the years. The clubhouse has been shaped by feedback from current residents, local business and community organizations and public officials.
“People who live at Prairie Shores work hard and are proud of their community, and they deserve a modern space that invites them to relax and engage with their neighbors,” said Michael Newman, principal, president and CEO of Golub & Company. “We’re excited to bring back a stronger sense of neighborhood to the families of Prairie Shores.”
While the new clubhouse will be the focal point of the re-imagining of Prairie Shores, updates to apartments are getting underway featuring new cabinetry, appliances and flooring. More than 50 units were modernized by the previous owner and are fully leased. And, in partnership with contractor McHugh Construction, which is overseeing the apartment renovations, the team expects the workforce to include significant participation from minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
“Businesses owned by local residents and people of color will be used to help transform Prairie Shores,” said Scott Goodman, founding principal of Farpoint Development. “This is a guiding principal of the entire project.”