The plans for HODC’s proposed new affordable development in Evanston received zoning approval from Evanston’s City Council on April 10. The proposed project will create 33 new affordable apartments with 1-3 bedrooms. There will be a community room and laundry room, on-site parking, and first floor retail space. Rents will be affordable to households earning less than 60% of area median income. The building will include energy efficient measures to obtain National Green Building Standards certification and Energy Star rating. Evanston residents will be given preference as possible. Construction will start next fall.
“The families and individuals who live in the apartments created by this project,” said Richard Koenig, HODC’s executive director, “will be able to thrive in the vibrant and diverse community environment of Evanston because the affordable rents will allow breathing room in their home.” Affordable housing makes it possible for tenants to save more, stay healthier, and put more spending money back into their community.