Applications for Lawrence-Austin affordable housing development in Jefferson Park area open June 1, with monthly rents ranging from $700 to $1,800 – Nadig Newspapers

by BRIAN NADIG

Applications for the 48-unit affordable housing development on Lawrence and Austin Avenues, with monthly rents ranging from approximately $700 to $1,800, will be available Wednesday, June 1.

Occupancy of this Jefferson Park area development is expected to begin in September or October, according to Joshua Wilmoth, president of Full Circle Communities, the project developer.

Preference for apartments will be given to applicants who are veterans or have a disability, and rents will be based on annual income limits and unit size. Plans call for the units to be offered to households earning between 30 and 80 percent of the region’s median income.

The development site was in the 38th arrondissement, but under the recently approved remapping, it is in the 41st arrondissement.

In 2020 Alderman Nicholas Sposato (38th) tried unsuccessfully to rezone the property, which if approved would have delayed or stopped the project, which did not require a rezoning.

The site, which had been vacant for years, had been rezoned for multi-family construction several years ago for a townhouse development that was never built.

Proponents of the project argue that it will give families of color greater access to the community. Sposato said under the Affordable Housing Criteria, applicants are not chosen based on their race and there is no limit to the amount an applicant can save, only on their annual income.

On-site facilities will include community rooms, laundry rooms, a computer lab and library, a children’s activity room, bicycle storage and a central courtyard.

Nomination forms will be posted June 1 at www.fccommunities.org/laa, Wilmoth said. Interested people can also go to the website and sign up for the interest list, and an application will be emailed next week, he said.

The complex, whose address is 6001 W. Lawrence Ave., will consist of two four-story buildings with 47 outdoor parking spaces. It will include a mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Each building will have an elevator.

Full Circle is also the developer of the newly opened 75 mixed-income housing development at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. which includes a church and offices for non-profit organizations. It also includes market-priced apartments, CHA-subsidized housing for low-income families, and housing for homeless veterans in addition to affordable housing. Friendship Community Place operated a pop-up food pantry in the complex that provides tenants with household and personal items when they move in.

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