I have mixed feelings about CHA but I do agree with the idea of a mixed income community at the Ickes site, regardless of the underwhelming design at Roosevelt Square, Stateway, etc.
Seems like planners are acknowledging the transit-oriented nature of the site, and I believe they are suggesting at least one high rise on the State/Cermak corner that is similar in scale to the Hilliard Homes. We've also seen them test the waters on midrise buildings at ParkSide. This could actually end up being a pretty urban neighborhood if they keep the townhouses to a minimum.
The bigger question is whether this is actually a desirable site. The last and only high rise on Cermak was the failed Lexington Park. Other loft developments south of Cermak have also had a mixed record. Ideally the new CTA stop will encourage homebuyers and renters to consider this area.
la forme d'une ville change plus vite, hélas! que le coeur d'un mortel...