LGBT Senior Housing Construction Projected to Start at Month's End

By Serena Dai on May 11, 2013 8:24am 

 The new LGBT senior housing facility will be located at the corner of Halsted and Addison.
The new LGBT senior housing facility will be located at the corner of Halsted and Addison.
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LAKEVIEW — The LGBT-friendly senior housing facility to be built near Addison and Halsted will start construction at the end of this month, with a projected completion date of next summer, officials said.

The 79-unit building will be one of the nation's first affordable housing developments intended for LGBT seniors. The project is being spearheaded by the Center on Halsted and Heartland Alliance.

Center spokesman Tom Elliott told Triangle Neighbors last week that they expect construction to start at the end of May. The facility will incorporate the historic former police station and will include ground floor commercial retail.

In March, the city approved financing for the $26 million project, funded by a mix of federal funds, low-income housing tax credits and private loans, said Hume An, director of real estate development at Heartland Housing.

People aged 55 and up who meet income requirements for the facility will be able to reserve a space about 3-6 months before it opens, An said. 

The development will host an official groundbreaking on June 3. 

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