City of Chicago Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp joined Ald. Willie Cochran and Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) representatives to celebrate the ground breaking for Trianon Lofts, the first predominantly market rate rental housing to be constructed in Woodlawn in more than 50 years.
Located at the corner of 61st and Cottage Grove, the apartment building will have 24 two-bedroom apartments and provide 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Thirteen of the apartments will be reserved for those earning between 80 to 120 percent of area median income – as low as $49,200 for a family of two.
Part of the City and POAH’s Choice Neighborhoods Partnership for the redevelopment of the former Grove Parc apartments, the building is named for the Trianon Ballroom, which was located nearby and demolished in 1967. The building is located directly across from MetroSquash’s new recreation and education facility and adjacent to the University of Chicago’s Medical Center campus.
The Trianon Lofts add further momentum to Woodlawn’s ongoing renaissance. Since POAH and the City of Chicago were awarded a $30.5 million Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant in 2011, five new buildings and nearly 800 new units of affordable housing have been constructed along the Cottage Grove Corridor, and 120 new jobs have been created.
Besides new and renovated housing, a wide range of retailers, community learning facilities and a cultural center have opened their doors throughout the neighborhood in recent years. Once Trianon is completed in mid-2017, Lala’s Land of Learning, a daycare center, will open a new location occupying a portion of the building’s new commercial space.
Woodlawn is located between the University of Chicago and the end of the CTA’s Green Line. The neighborhood is minutes from the future home of the Obama Presidential Library.
The Trianon Lofts is being developed by POAH and with financing from: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; City of Chicago; Chicago Community loan Fund (CCLF); Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); JP Morgan Chase Bank; and BMO Harris.
Project financing includes a $2.5 million City loan, $3.3 million in New Markets Tax Credit equity, $3.3 million in HUD Choice Grant funds and a $3 million private construction loan.