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  • The Congress for the New Urbanism Announces Missing Middle Design Competition Winners

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    March 21, 2019
    The Illinois Chapter for The Congress for the New Urbanism is proud to announce the 2019 Fill the (Housing) Gap: A Missing Middle Design Competition winners. The outstanding design submissions from across the United States highlight the tremendous potential for Illinois communities to integrate missing middle housing types into their neighborhoods.
    “Congratulations on these winning designs! UnityPoint Health was excited to participate in this process. We were impressed with the designs. Healthy living spaces and affordable choices are vital to our
    neighborhoods.” Dr. Keith Knepp, Regional President & CEO, UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois

    Fill the (Housing) Gap: A Missing Middle Design Competition sought to bring new ideas to real sites within Illinois cities in order to demonstrate how new infill housing can help meet the growing demand for medium scale housing in urban and suburban neighborhoods.

    Missing Middle describes a scale of multifamily housing, such as a two and four flat, townhome, granny flat, mansion apartment, etc., that fits appropriately into single family neighborhoods, while providing greater density and affordability near local amenities and transit options. The concept of Missing Middle is a critical strategy for infill residential development that can help meet the growing shortage of affordable housing. The small scale of these projects make them more feasible and attractive for development.

    The competition featured sites from three Illinois communities; Lake Bluff, Chicago, and Peoria. The Peoria site was the 500 block of West Main Street (north side of the street) on property owned by UnityPoint Health, and includes the parcels generally bounded by West Main Street, Flora Avenue, Ellis Street, and Mahlon Court.

    The winning designs for the Peoria site, included the overall competition winner, a merit winner and an honorable mention, as follows:
     Overall Winner: It will Play in Peoria 
    Union Studio Architecture & Community Design Providence, RI
     Merit Winner: Middle Union 
    Historical Concepts Atlanta, GA
     Honorable Mention for Adaptability: Living Middle
    Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects Chicago, IL
    Contact:
    Anthony Corso, Chief Innovation Officer
    (309) 494-8561