CHA developments win 4 CNDA awards

May 10, 2019
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CHICAGO (May 10, 2019): Four developments supported by Chicago Housing Authority investment were honored with Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Thursday for outstanding affordable housing projects at the 25th annual CNDA ceremony at McCormick Place.

  • City Gardens and The Carling Hotel garnered Landon Bone Baker Architects a first-place tie for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, which recognizes a community development corporation for a specific real estate project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the community.
  • St. Edmund’s Oasis won third place in the same category for Johnson & Lee Architects.
  • IFF Access Housing won the Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award for developer for its rehabbed, accessible, affordable units in Logan Square. The award recognizes a for-profit or non-profit developer for a real estate project that has preserved affordable rental housing at risk because of expired subsidy contracts or physical deterioration.

“We are extremely proud of these awards, and I’d like to thank LISC Chicago and the CNDA judges for recognizing our work,” said CHA CEO Eugene E. Jones Jr. “I would also like to thank the CHA team and all of our partners on these projects for a job well done, as we continue to provide better housing opportunities that support the long-term success of our residents and the communities of Chicago.”

City Gardens is a mixed-income redevelopment project located in the East Garfield Park Community that was completed in 2016, and is part of the redevelopment of the former Rockwell Gardens public housing development. The 76-unit project includes 25 public housing, 30 affordable and 21 market-rate units.

The renovated and restored Carling Hotel brings 80 micro-apartments to Chicago’s Near North Side. CHA provided 39 project-based vouchers to support the rehabbed the former single-room occupancy hotel.

St. Edmund’s Oasis is a mixed-income development and is replacement housing for the former Washington Park public housing community, with 19 public housing and 39 affordable scattered among four buildings on the South Side.

The Access Housing units are located in Logan Square, where CHA partnered with IFF to create 38 accessible apartments with feature wheelchair ramps, wider doorways, and reachable amenities.

CNDA was created in 1995 to celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development, architectural design and community building, as well as the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit developers play in building healthier neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The awards are presented and managed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC Chicago)