In Heart of Chicago, a neighborhood southwest of Pilsen where new home construction is relatively rare, Crain’s reports townhomes are in the works

A group of developers is planning to build 34 townhomes on a vacant parcel on the corner of Oakley Avenue and Coulter Street, near the thoroughfare that served as Chicago’s Little Italy before that distinction moved to an area near the Loop

It seems like the popularity of Pilsen is pushing developers to find less expensive real estate outside the neighborhood, with one of the developers behind the Heart of Chicago project telling Crain’s, "We were looking for somewhere to do something that's less expensive."

Planned to be priced in the low $400,000s, the homes will be about 2,300 square feet each and will have two-car garages. Vari Architects will design the homes with brick and limestone facades, small private gardens, and a larger common green space. The group hopes to start construction soon and deliver the first completed units before the end of 2017.

The neighborhood may not be that well-known right now, but the townhome site is near the National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, the Pink Line Damen station, and the site of proposed El Paseo trail. This could be a hot neighborhood in the making.