For Immediate Release
The Michaels Organization
Chicago Housing Authority
Department of Planning & Development
Proud to join City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr, Brinshore-Michaels and all of the partners as we cut the ribbon for Clybourn 1200.
May 4, Chicago—Alderman Walter Burnett headlined a ceremony today celebrating the grand opening of Clybourn 1200, a new mixed-income, mixed-use apartment community located in the heart of the Cabrini-Green revitalization area on the city’s north side. The ribbon-cutting for the new 84-unit apartment community that will serve families of all income levels was hosted by the development team of Brinshore-Michaels.
“Clybourn 1200 represents a perfect example of effective community engagement and collaboration,” said Richard Sciortino, a founding principal of Brinshore Development, LLC. “Our partnership with the Cabrini Local Advisory Council as well as program initiatives with City Farms, Near North Unity Program, Chicago Bee Co-Op and others resulted in a rich and diverse development.” The seven-story high-rise will include 26 public housing units on the nearly one-acre site and features modern, dramatic architecture; green and sustainable features and impressive energy efficiency for residents in a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes.
“This is yet another example of the progress CHA is making with its development partners as we head toward the completion of the Plan for Transformation,” CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. said. “With the delivery of these units, we are again showing the unmistakable momentum that has been created here at CHA in producing housing and retail options and other amenities people want and need in Chicago neighborhoods.”
"We are excited about the new development at Clybourn 1200; this development brings so many positive components to the neighborhood including a day care center which is a great convenience for new residents who have children. Additionally, this development will help formerly displaced residents wishing to relocate back to community," said Alderman Burnett.
There is a working apiary on the building’s rooftop, which is home to multiple honeybee hives being cared for by the Chicago Honey Co-op. On the ground level, 16,000 square feet of commercial space will be occupied by local businesses, including the Happy Trails Day Care Center on the second floor, residents will be able to enjoy a beautifully landscaped deck with outdoor seating and a fireplace.
A community garden, located on the third floor, is being offered in partnership with City Farm.
Clybourn 1200’s additional green features include radiant floor heat, solar hot water, and Energy Star appliances and fixtures.
The community will serve households with a variety of income levels, including market-rate tenants, public housing residents, and families with incomes below 80 percent of the Area’s Median Income (AMI). In a neighborhood where rents have been trending upward, Clybourn 1200 represents an important new affordable housing resource. Located across the street from the former site of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex, Clybourn 1200 is near shopping, employment opportunities, and public transportation.
“In addition to achieving the city’s mixed-income housing goals for a prominent location, the new building has a thoughtful and functional design that compliments nearby retail and residential uses and the ongoing Near North Redevelopment Initiative,” said DPD Commissioner David Reifman.
Financing for the project included $13.1 million in private equity generated from the sale of 9% federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $1.9 million in private equity raised from sale of Chicago Donation Tax Credits, generated from the city of Chicago's donation of the land. Public financing includes an $8.1 million CHA loan, along with $8.1 million in Tax Increment Financing assistance. Additional private financing includes a $7.8 million Citibank loan.
The development team included Brinshore-Michaels, a partnership of Brinshore Development, LLC, and The Michaels Development Company, which together has collaborated on nearly 1700 units of affordable housing in Chicago. The development team also included the non-profit organization Cabrini-Green LAC Community Development Corporation, which also has an ownership stake in the property. McShane Construction served as the general contractor. The community is being managed by Interstate Realty Management, which will ensure that it remains a long-term asset to the neighborhood. The Near North Unity Program has partnered with IRM to promote community integration.
Brinshore-Michaels is a partnership between Brinshore Development LLC (www.Brinshore.com) and The Michaels Development Co. Brinshore is an innovative real estate company specializing in the development of residential communities that foster conservation, collaboration and affordability. Brinshore has undertaken dozens of developments, from large-scale master planned communities to the restoration of meticulously preserved historic properties. The Brinshore portfolio today encompasses more than 4,000 residential units valued at more than $1 billion. Michaels Development Company is an independent operating company of The Michaels Organization (www.TMO.com), a family of companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-finance, military and student housing. Serving 145,000 residents in 370 communities across 35 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Michaels Organization offers full-service capability in development, property management, construction, finance, and tax credit syndication.
About the Cabrini-Green LAC Community Development Corporation:
The Cabrini-Green LAC Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that supports the Chicago Housing Authority’s corporate goal to reimagine the final Phase of the Plan for Transformation, specifically the revitalization of Near North Neighborhood on and near the former site of the Cabrini-Green public housing development.
The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) helps build vibrant communities across the city. By using housing as a platform, the agency works with a host of key stakeholders to sustain strong neighborhoods to best prepare CHA residents for the global economy on their road toward self-sufficiency. CHA also provides stable, decent, safe and affordable housing to more than 62,000 low-income families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. For more information, visit www.thecha.org