Manhard Consulting was retained to provide civil engineering and surveying services for this 75 Unit 7-story mixed-income and affordable apartment community for veterans, persons with disability and working families at 5150 N. Northwest Highway in Jefferson Park.
Our team was tasked with performing surveying, engineering, and landscape architecture services as part of the initial site selection and feasibility analysis all the way through construction. This included providing assistance as part of the entitlements process with the City of Chicago and permitting assistance with the owner and design team through the City of Chicago process.
This project featured some unique political challenges including a concerned neighborhood group opposing the development which required our expertise to help address some of the concerns of the community during the initial entitlement process, as well as to relieve pressure through the permitting process during an Alderman regime change to ensure the project continued to move forward despite some political opposition.
The site in particular had its own challenges from a development perspective as well due to the close proximity to the existing Metra operated and Union Pacific owned railroad, and work to maintain the structural integrity of an adjacent existing retaining wall to the railroad. Our team was able to work with the client, City staff, and structural design team to provide a grading solution to allow the project to continue on-budget and obtain the necessary permitting and approvals to construct adjacent to this existing retaining wall. Manhard was able to help guide the design team during dialogue with both adjoining property owners throughout the design process in an effort to obtain necessary agreements and approvals to maintain the development process.