Independence Library & Apartments is located in the Irving Park neighborhood. It consists of a Chicago Public Library with affordable senior housing above. The library and its associated outdoor space are open to the whole community, and are a valuable asset to the elderly residents.
"This 65,000 square foot hybrid library/affordable housing project in Chicago combines a 16,000 square foot branch library with a 40-unit affordable housing development. The two-story library supports reading and learning areas for all age groups, as well as a large community multi-purpose room which supports public lectures, gatherings and events. The second floor of the library looks out over a large roof garden which covers the parking lot below and serves as an outdoor amenity space for the housing residents. Housing units all feature outdoor colored balconies spaces which speak to individual identity."
Excerpt Source: John Ronan Architects
This integrated library and affordable housing project represents an innovative and financial collaboration between a developer and City agencies providing a creative and attractive design while meeting the public and private needs of this North side community.