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Bellwood To Build More Homes, 2 Close To Selling For $425K Each

By Michael Romain, Village Press | July 14th, 2022 (Click Here For Original Article) The village of Bellwood is looking to build even more homes just as two of the most recent homes the village constructed are close to selling for $425,000 each.  In an interview on July 14, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey said purchases are currently pending on the two homes at 130 49th Ave. and 132 49th Ave. The homes were built on a lot just off St. Charles Road that used to be a gas station.  According to Harvey’s count, Bellwood now has 25 of what Crain’s [...]

By | 2022-07-19T09:10:36+00:00 July 19th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Bellwood To Build More Homes, 2 Close To Selling For $425K Each

Future Firm’s Hem House has all the makings of an award winner at half the price

By Josh Niland, Archinect | February 11th, 2022 (Click Here For Original Article) As part of the firm’s desire to fill the “middle market” of residential housing options with inspiring contemporary architecture, Chicago-based practice Future Firm has designed a new 1,300-square-foot residential project, called Hem House, that has provided the city with a sustainable model for building the bedrock of successful mixed-income communities.  The design team worked with real estate developer Jacob Root to create the project with the hopes of diversifying the housing stock available to those interested in the area where new residential construction costs usually begin at $600,000.  “While there’s a [...]

By | 2022-04-29T09:51:54+00:00 April 29th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Future Firm’s Hem House has all the makings of an award winner at half the price

Animal Care League expands shelter premises

By Stacey Sheridan, Forest Park Review | January 16th, 2022 (Click Here For Original Article) Construction is underway on Garfield Street, where crews are building a new welcome center and front-facing adoption center for the Animal Care League (ACL) at 1003 and 1009 Garfield St. Crews broke ground last month, but the transformation of the two buildings is starting to materialize. “The outline for the walls is up and you can really see what the two buildings are going to look like and the space that we’re going to have for animals,” said ACL Executive Director Kira Robson. The work [...]

By | 2022-04-29T09:47:24+00:00 April 29th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Animal Care League expands shelter premises

Meet Bonita Harrison, a South Sider bent on making affordable housing a reality

By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune | January 3rd, 2022 (Click Here for Original Article) North Kenwood resident Bonita Harrison’s goal has always been to own 200 units of property. As a residential developer, her mission was to create noticeable change to a South Side neighborhood when it comes to affordable housing for and by people of color. She was well on her way with her firm Sunshine Management, which had 68 units before the pandemic. Now, she only has 15 left, a mix of two-flats and four-flats and single-family homes. “When you’re a smaller business it’s hard for someone to [...]

By | 2022-04-29T09:41:07+00:00 April 29th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Meet Bonita Harrison, a South Sider bent on making affordable housing a reality

THESE BLACK DEVELOPERS ARE BUYING BACK THE BLOCK

By Sean Jones, Bonita Harrison, DaJuan Robinson, Keith Lindsey, & Derrick Walker, Crain's Chicago Business | June 18th, 2021 (Click Here for Original Article) The movement to "buy back the block" is a call to action to put Black communities into Black ownership. It's about keeping the resources generated in Black communities within those communities, benefiting the people who live and work there rather than watching dollars drain to outside owners who have little interest in the community beyond making a return on their investments. In West Woodlawn, where too many houses sit vacant and abandoned, we're answering that call [...]

By | 2022-04-29T09:32:29+00:00 April 29th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on THESE BLACK DEVELOPERS ARE BUYING BACK THE BLOCK

A Bronzeville Family Is Creating A Community Garden To Share Their Love Of Their New Neighborhood

By Sara Badilini, Block Club Chicago | November 8th, 2021  (Click Here for Original Article) BRONZEVILLE — Sythera Pride-Paulus and her family moved to Bronzeville in 2018 — but “it feels like we’d lived here forever,” she said. The family — Sythera and her husband, J.P. Paulus; and their daughters, Mia and Faith Paulus — felt so welcomed in the neighborhood they immediately decided to buy a vacant lot adjacent to their home and transform it into a community garden. It took longer than expected due to some pandemic delays, but the major part of the work finished up in October, [...]

By | 2022-04-28T09:50:27+00:00 April 28th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on A Bronzeville Family Is Creating A Community Garden To Share Their Love Of Their New Neighborhood

CITY CLUB OF CHICAGO | ELEANOR GORSKI

City Club of Chicago | April 6th, 2022 (Click Here for Original Article) After progressing in a series of leadership roles in City government, Eleanor Esser Gorski was appointed Executive Director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) in August 2021. Gorski brings more than 25 years of planning, design and economic development experience to the CCLBA as it embarks on plans to expand its inventory to create more affordable housing and economic opportunity partnerships within Cook County. The Cook County Land Bank works to efficiently return vacant properties to productive use in underserved communities throughout the county by [...]

By | 2022-04-28T09:43:08+00:00 April 28th, 2022|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on CITY CLUB OF CHICAGO | ELEANOR GORSKI

COOK COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY RECEIVES RICHARD M. DALEY FRIEND OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AWARD AT LISC CHICAGO’S 27th ANNUAL CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO—LISC Chicago today announced that the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) is this year’s recipient of the Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhoods Award at the 27th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA). The awards, which were held on Thursday, June 3, via a hybrid virtual and in-person event, honored top community development projects and architectural achievements across the city. The CCLBA joins a group of community development projects recognized by LISC for their investments in the economic and social vitality of neighborhoods across Chicago. After the 2008 housing crisis, decades of redlining and the impacts of discriminatory [...]

By | 2021-06-07T13:31:12+00:00 June 7th, 2021|News articles on CCLBA, Press Release|Comments Off on COOK COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY RECEIVES RICHARD M. DALEY FRIEND OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AWARD AT LISC CHICAGO’S 27th ANNUAL CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Preckwinkle Announces Plan for More Affordable Housing

North Lawndale News  |  April 15th, 2021   (Click here for Original Article) Declaring it time to put an end to a system that perpetuates redlining and the growth of vacant properties, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced she is joining the Cook County Land Bank Authority, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer in calling for reform of the Cook County Scavenger Sale, a limit on interest rates charged to homeowners under a county lien, and a new strategic plan to recover and revitalize blighted communities.  Preckwinkle joined other city and suburban leaders to support [...]

By | 2021-04-16T10:37:10+00:00 April 16th, 2021|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Preckwinkle Announces Plan for More Affordable Housing

Cook County Land Bank Partners with Local Developer to Transform Vacant Building into Vibrant Dance Studio, Salon and Homes

If you go to the grey stone building at 7240 S. Wentworth Ave. today, you’ll see people leaping, spinning, and shaking off the stress of the day at En Pointe Dance Productions. Next to the studio, you’ll see people coming out of a beauty salon, looking and feeling their best after getting a haircut or a new style. It’s hard to believe that the building was on the brink of demolition just two years ago, before being rescued by the Cook County Land Bank Authority. The vacant, two-story building in Greater Grand Crossing had been tax delinquent for years and [...]

By | 2021-04-14T16:00:53+00:00 April 14th, 2021|Stories of Impact|Comments Off on Cook County Land Bank Partners with Local Developer to Transform Vacant Building into Vibrant Dance Studio, Salon and Homes
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