New senior housing opens on West side

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) — The Illinois Housing Development Authority, co-developers Brinshore Development and FBCC Development Corporation, along with First Baptist Congregational Church,  joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the McCrory Senior Apartments, a new transit-oriented affordable apartment community for seniors on the Near West Side. Replacing 10 vacant lots previously owned by the City of Chicago and First Baptist Congregational, the new five-story development provides 62 modern residences and a variety of amenities, all set aside for residents 62 and older.

“The McCrory Apartments are a great investment for the Near West Side that transformed a stretch of vacant land into a modern and vibrant rental community near groceries, healthcare, and jobs,” IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik said. “IHDA is pleased to work with our partners at Brinshore, FBCC Development, and the Chicago City Council on this development that will deliver greater housing opportunity to the community for years to come.”

“Today marks another important milestone in Near West Side investments that are helping redevelop the neighborhood, while creating and preserving affordable housing units for its residents,” Mayor Emanuel added. “Through these partnerships, the City will continue to achieve its goal of maintaining a vibrant housing market place that is open and accessible to everyone.”

Located at 1659 W. Washington Boulevard, the McCrory Senior Apartments features a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments with numerous on-site amenities including a fitness center, wellness room, computer lab, on-site management, and a 24-seat multimedia theater. The development also features a large community room and service space where FBCC Development can serve the broader community as well as residents.

All 62 apartments are reserved for seniors earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income, or a maximum of $40,620 for a two-person household.

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