Fifth Avenue Apartments
Once a vacant 33,000 SF lot and owned by the Village of Maywood, Fifth Avenue Apartments in Maywood, IL are now the “Triumph at Fifth Avenue.”
The need for diversity of housing in the neighborhood was the inspiration for this project. The owner of this development is Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit that provides long-term affordable housing for under-served groups in the City of Chicago. Fifth Avenue strives to lighten the stress of finding affordable multi-family housing.
This development was made possible due to four major financial partners along with an energy efficiency grant for affordable housing from ComEd. Designed to achieve National Green Building Standard’s Bronze level and to receive the grant, the building incorporates sustainable elements including a high-performance HVAC system, efficient insulation, windows with a low U-factor, and high-performance light fixtures with LED lighting. Additionally, a material called precast was used on the building, contributing to its innovation factor.
Those who currently reside in the western suburbs and Chicagoans will be able to apply for housing. This mixed-use development will provide 72 units and 5,500 SF of ground-floor retail space that will include a small grocery store, addressing the lack of this amenity in the area. Residents will have access to a shared community space for families and a backyard with a perimeter fence. Residential parking includes 32 parking spaces that are provided off the alley behind the new building, with commercial parking provided along 5th Avenue. New diagonal parking was added on the surrounding streets to help accommodate additional residential guests and commercial users. The adjacent 5th Avenue corridor is a pedestrian-oriented commercial corridor in the Village, allowing tenants easy access to transit, education, and retail.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) was the civil engineering consultant to HED for this project. The civil scope of work included IDOT permitting for the water service connection in 5th Avenue and an MWRD permit for volume control and sanitary sewer connection. EEA replaced the concrete in the alley for the parking spaces and parking spaces along Warren Ave and School Street were reconfigured. Volume control was provided beneath the permeable paver surface for the 18 parking spaces located in the back of the building. Additionally, coordination took place with the Village of Maywood for the parkway reconfiguration/restoration on Warren Avenue and School Street.