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Sarah's Circle Plans $12 Million Dollar Expansion

By Josh McGhee | February 19, 2016 8:29am
 Sarah's Circle is planning a 7-story addition to its space at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd.
Sarah's Circle is planning a 7-story addition to its space at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd.
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Courtesy of Sarah's Circle

UPTOWN — Sarah's Circle is planning to expand its reach by adding a 7-story expansion to its home in Uptown.

The non-profit agency serving women who are homeless or at-risk would add the new expansion, which would include over 40 units of permanent housing, to the south end of the facility at 4838 N. Sheridan Road. The agency currently has 25 units of permanent housing, but 15 of those units are off-site, said Kathy Ragnar, executive director of Sarah's Circle.

Sarah's Circle's Interim Housing, which provides 24-hour shelter, basic necessities and supportive services, has about 50 temporary beds, according to the Sarah's Circle website.

The $12 million project, which will be financed primarily through the Federal Low Income Tax Fund, won the approval of Argyle-Winmore Black Club last week, and Ald. James Cappleman (46th) is pursuing a zoning change for the building, Ragnar said.

"We've been very fortunate and have a very good relationship with the block clubs," Ragnar said. "We had a very positive community meeting last Monday and they showed a lot of support."

The agency hopes to get the tax credit finalized by the summer, begin construction by 2017 and have the facility open by 2018., Ragnar said.

Floor Plans of the building are included below:


[Courtesy of Sarah's Circle]

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