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New Affordable Housing Apartments Casa Querétaro Open in Pilsen

By Stephanie Lulay | February 16, 2016 6:03am
 Casa Querétaro, a new affordable housing development in Pilsen, opened last week at 2012 W. 17th St.
Casa Querétaro, a new affordable housing development in Pilsen, opened last week at 2012 W. 17th St.
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Luiz Magana for The Resurrection Project

PILSEN — City leaders, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, officially unveiled The Resurrection Project's newest affordable housing building in Pilsen last week. 

Casa Querétaro, a new 45-unit affordable housing building at 2012 W. 17th St., was created to help working families stay in the rapidly changing Pilsen neighborhood, said Raul Raymundo, Resurrection Project CEO. 

"The new construction comes at a time when people are struggling to find housing within their budgets and [The Resurrection Project] is proud to be able to offer quality, safe housing people can afford," Raymundo said. 

The development includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 32 parking spaces, according to the group's website. The apartments are outfitted with granite countertops, energy-saving appliances, central air conditioning, a laundry room, bicycle room and more. 

Qualifying families can apply to live in Casa Querétaro online. Casa Querétaro has a no-smoking and no-pet policy. 

Families qualifying for a two-bedroom apartment, for example, could make no more than $45,600 per year and would pay $759 per month to live in the new affordable housing development. A full chart of qualifying income levels is available online.

Before the new housing was built, area residents and The Resurrection Project organized to tear down abandoned silos on the vacant lot where Casa Querétaro now stands. The silos were a magnet for vandalism and criminal activity, and the site itself was often used to burn tires, creating a health hazard for area families and children, Raymundo said. 

Ald. Danny Solis (25th) said The Resurrection Project has now developed more than 370 units of quality housing in Pilsen. 

The Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, Citibank and the National Equity Fund also partnered to make the $15 million Casa Querétaro possible. The building was designed by DesignBridge Ltd. and built by DENCO Construction Inc.

City leaders, including Ald. Danny Solis (25th), Rahm Emanuel and Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo celebrated the opening of Casa Querétaro last week. [Luiz Magana for The Resurrection Project]

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