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Affordable Housing Developments Along The 606 Coming To Humboldt Park

By Mina Bloom | April 4, 2017 6:09am
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A rendering of the "Tierra Linda" project in Humboldt Park.
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Landon Bone Baker Architects

HUMBOLDT PARK — In the coming months, construction crews will begin building a pair of affordable housing developments along The 606 in Humboldt Park.

The developer behind the project, Latin Community Housing Association (LUCHA), snagged construction permits for the sites — 1836 N. Sawyer Ave. and 1749 N. Drake Ave. — in late March, according to Chicago Cityscape, which tracks city permits.

The buildings, which will each offer six affordable housing apartments and six parking spaces, are part of the "Tierra Linda" project, a development first introduced in 2015 that calls for 12 affordable housing buildings scattered within a mile of The 606 offering a total of 45 apartments.

Back in early 2015, the complex was floated as a $17 million project, including $9 million in tax credits.

Openings will be available to individuals and families making 50 percent of median income.

Latin Community Housing Association enlisted Landon Bone Baker Architects to design the project. All 12 buildings will meet "Enterprise Green" standards and one of the 12 buildings will be a "passive house," a rigorous energy-efficient building method and the first of its kind in Chicago.

Juan Carlos Linares, executive director for the housing group, touted the health and wellness study, which was conducted as part of the project with help from Enterprise Community Partners and Illinois Public Health Institute. 

Through the assessment, Latin United Community Housing Association was able to determine that there is a high prevalence of asthma and diabetes, as well as feelings of isolation and anxiousness, among neighbors, which is information the developer will use to help folks connected with needed services moving forward.

Linares called Enterprise Community Partners "instrumental" throughout the process.

His team expects to get financial approval for the remaining 12 sites — six of which are owned by the city — at the next City Council meeting in mid-April.

Construction is expected to start in June, with the first building complete by the end of 2017, according to Charlene Andreas, director of building development for Latin United Community Housing Association.

Andreas said they're hoping to finish construction on all 12 of the buildings by October 2018.

For the project, the developer is constructing affordable housing buildings at: 1810 N. Drake Ave., 1757 N. Drake Ave., 1858 N. Spaulding Ave., 1822 N. Sawyer Ave., 1802 N. Sawyer Ave., 1808-10 N. Kedzie Ave., 1421 N. Artesian Ave., 3572 W. Palmer St., 1749-51 N. Drake Ave., 1649-51 N. Drake Ave., 1834-38 N. Sawyer Ave.

The real estate blog Curbed was first to report on the city issuing construction permits for two of the buildings.