LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square residents will have a chance to learn more about a proposed LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing complex at 2031 N. Milwaukee Ave. at an upcoming community meeting.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to Ald. Joe Moreno's 1st Ward office.
When the project was first proposed in May, plans called for a seven-story, transit-oriented development offering 88 affordable-housing units. The units would be restricted to households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income.
At the time, Moreno said the project would be paid for using a combination of tax increment financing funds from the Milwaukee-Fullerton TIF district, CHA funds, tax credits and private financing.
The project is named after John Pennycuff and Roberto Castillo, who were born in Logan Square and were partners in life and activism, fighting for equality in the LGBTQ community and for affordable housing in the neighborhood.
If built, the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza would be the second LGBTQ-friendly affordable-housing building in Chicago. The other is in Lakeview.
The Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association recently reviewed the Logan Square project. While the neighborhood group said it supports the affordable-housing component, it took issue with the building's size and exterior elevations, among other features.
Community partners involved in the project include the Metropolitan Housing Development Corp., La Casa Norte, Latin United Community Housing Association and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
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