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Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) and Mayor Brandon Johnson joined Pastor Michael Eaddy Saturday to announce a mixed-used development coming to Garfield Park. Credit: Provided

GARFIELD PARK — Mayor Brandon Johnson joined developers, local faith leaders and other officials Saturday at an empty lot in East Garfield Park to announce an affordable housing and commercial development.

Harvest Homes II will turn the undeveloped land at the intersection of West Jackson Boulevard and South Homan Avenue into a mixed-use development with 50 affordable housing units, leaders said.

The project follows the success of Harvest Homes I, 3512-46 W. Fifth Ave., an affordable housing development with 36 apartments that was completed in 2017, officials said.

“This is a great day on the West Side, addressing disinvestment that has existed over decades concerning affordable housing development,” said Michael Eaddy, head of the People’s Community Development Association of Chicago, one of the developers of Harvest Homes II

Eaddy — who is also senior pastor of People’s Church of the Harvest Church of God in Christ — is a politically connected West Side leader who was recently appointed by Johnson to the CTA's oversight board.

Harvest Homes II is expected to bring 50 energy-efficient one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, recreational spaces and a food hall to East Garfield Park.

Harvest Homes II will include a children’s play area, indoor and outdoor recreational spaces, a green area and residential parking. Planned amenities include a laundry room, a community room, a rooftop terrace and a fitness center.

Three restaurants — The Soul Food Lounge, Oooh Wee It Is and the Breakfast and Lunch Nook — have agreed to open in the commercial spaces, bringing “an economic boost to the area,” Eaddy said.

The mixed-use development, Harvest Homes II, will be built on about 2 acres of empty land at the intersection of West Jackson Boulevard and South Homan Avenue. Credit: Francia Garcia Hernandez/Ecoglobalsociety

“This project really symbolizes the ongoing effort to making affordable, safe, quality housing on the West Side of Chicago,” Johnson said.

The development was selected to receive federal low-income housing tax credits under the city’s 2023 Qualified Allocation Plan, the mayor said.

The National Housing Partnership Foundation and the People’s Community Development Association of Chicago, an arm of the People’s Church of the Harvest Church of God in Christ, also obtained tax credits to fund the $14.1 development of Harvest Homes I under former Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s administration.

Harvest Homes II is seven years in the making, following two unsuccessful applications for tax credits, Eaddy said.

It will follow the same “policy and philosophy” as Harvest Homes I to ensure longtime residents can continue to live in their community, Eaddy said.

“We’re building for this community. We’re really not building for others coming in,” he said.

“As you can see, East Garfield Park is definitely on the rise,” said Ald. Jason Ervin (28th).

Construction is expected to start in summer 2025, with a completion date of 2026.

“We never see our community for what it is not, but only for what it can and should be,” Eaddy said.

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