ESLARP East St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ARCH 372/374 Summer 1995
phase III

housing designs developed for phase III

Expand: To take on a broader dimension by increasing development.

As growth continues and more families are able to attain this improved living environment, the ideas used on Washington Place will extend out to nearby blocks. While Washington Place stabilizes and sustains itself, it will become the motivator for other streets to take the steps necessary to improve their own neighborhood. Again, as in Phase I, the streets need to begin with an overall cleanup and identification of their community. Once stable, development on vacant lots needs to be addressed. Infill housing is not necessarily the answer. It is important to keep a good balance of open space within the neighborhood to avoid overcrowding and unsustainable density.

On Washington Place, research uncovered amenities near the site and identified residents' needs. However every situation is different. In a place where a park is not close by, one could possibly be added. If a community center, daycare, or other commercial or community space is needed, these may be the solution. Each street will have different and specialized needs identified by its residents, they need to be carefully considered and appropriately decided upon. The most important thing to remember is the health, safety, and well being of the community.

While single-family homeowners may be preferred, it is not always possible. Nor will it always be possible to use existing structures for renovated homes. Phase III begins to address new housing designs that can accommodate a variety of house and family types. The proposed new single-family and dual-family residences are integrated appropriately with the existing houses.

Phase III will include:

14th Street, the next street west of Washington Place, is an example of the potential for streets when new construction is integrated with existing conditions. Two burned houses need to be removed first. There is a large number of abandoned housing units which already exist on this block that can be used for renovation. Development of new single-family and two-family housing can be used to fill in vacant deteriorated lots as needed.

phase III conditions:

ARCH 372/374 Summer 1995

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