April 20, 2011

Mayor Daley Dedicates New Roseland Senior Housing Building

Mayor thanks residents of south side communities for their help in moving Chicago forward
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Mayor Richard M. Daley today dedicated a new building at the Roseland Senior Campus in the 10400 Block of South Michigan Avenue, and thanked the residents of the 9th Ward for their help in moving Chicago forward.

"Working together, we've brought Chicago into the 21st century, and given it a bright future. It's been a joy and an honor to be your Mayor," Daley said at another stop on the "Neighborhood Appreciation Tour" he is making before he leaves office in May.

The 3.5-acre Roseland Senior Campus features three buildings offering a variety of housing and service options, including supportive-living, independent-living and inter-generational housing for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Mayor Daley today dedicated the second building in the campus, the Roseland Place Senior Apartments, a 60-unit affordable rental housing development with a 7,000-square-foot Department of Family and Support Services Center on the ground floor.

The $14.6 million development will feature a green roof and other environmentally friendly features. The City is providing the land, $8.6 million in bonds, $1.1 million in loans, and $451,266 in tax credits. Other financing includes $340,000 in donations tax credits from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and support from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Section 202 Supportive Housing Development program.

The Roseland Village Intergenerational Apartments, which is currently under construction, will provide ten units of affordable rental housing for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

The $3.8 million development will feature six three-bedroom units, four four-bedroom units and a 4,000-square-foot supportive services center. There will be on-site social services, including childcare and health care services. The City will provide HOME funds and tax credits.

The Victory Centre of Roseland, which opened in 2007, provides 124 units of quality supportive housing for seniors with access to full services and programs at affordable rents.

The entire campus, which will surround a new park, will be completed by fall 2011.

"Standing here today, I am pleased to see the progress we have made in transforming vacant land into quality housing for seniors, and creating a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization," Mayor Daley said. "I am confident that the progress will keep moving forward."

He also reminded senior homeowners to make sure they apply for their property tax exemptions this year through the Cook County Assessor's Office. "Seniors have worked hard all of their lives and they should receive all the benefits they deserve," he said.

The Mayor said the Roseland Senior Campus is just one of many new developments in the 9th Ward. He highlighted some of the major accomplishments that the City and the residents of Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods have accomplished together: 

  • Two major future projects will transform the Roseland and Pullman Communities with new residential, employment and transportation opportunities:
    • A new Planned Development, Pullman Park, will be a sustainable, mixed-use development that serves Pullman, Roseland, and the Greater Calumet Region with retail services, residential units, and park and recreational opportunities.

      The 181-acre site between 104th and 111th Streets along the Bishop Ford Expressway, was once the Ryerson Steel manufacturing plant. The plans call for 1,150 residential dwelling units, a community center, school, 700,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by a Wal Mart store, a senior housing building, hotel, and more than 10 acres of open space.

    • The Chicago Transit Authority is proposing to make major transportation improvements to the area by extending the Red Line from the 95th Street Station to the vicinity of 130th Street.

      The Red Line extension project would reduce travel times to jobs for Far South Side and South Suburban residents. The project also would provide an opportunity to support economic development initiatives in the Roseland and Pullman communities.

      Currently, there are 14 CTA bus routes that service the 9th Ward, including the newly added X28 Stony Island Express Route serving Stony Island via Lake Shore Drive to downtown and West Loop and the 34 South Michigan route, which provides service to the Calumet Industrial Disposal District.

  • As part of the Plan for Transformation – an effort that calls for the revitalization of the Chicago Housing Authority's entire housing stock – Altgeld Gardens has seen a profound upgrade. Built in 1945, Altgeld Gardens had fallen into disrepair by the 1990s. Under the Plan, CHA rehabilitated more than 1,500 family units with new bathrooms, kitchens, lighting fixtures and mechanical systems.
  • The City has invested inpublic safety infrastructure throughout the community, including the recent $8 million exterior renovation of the Area 2 / 5th District Police headquarters at 727 E. 111th St.
  • The Public Building Commission is currently building two additions at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, located at 250 E. 111th St., part of the "Modern Schools Across Chicago" program.
    • The $35 million project includes a new Performing Arts wing that will accommodate various theatrical, instrumental and choral productions as well as a new library. The Athletic wing includes a competition-size gymnasium and pool, locker rooms, a fitness room and support spaces. The project is designed to achieve "Silver" level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
  • The Chicago Public Schools have also built three campus parks at the George M. Pullman School, the George Washington Carver School and the Bennett School.
  • The City opened the Altgeld Branch Library at 13281 S. Corliss Ave. in November 2010. The branch shares a building with Carver Elementary/Phyllis Wheatley Child Parent Center, and replaces its former location at 903 East 132nd Place.
  • The Pullman Branch Library underwent a major renovation and was rededicated in July 1994. Located at 11001 S. Indiana Ave., the Pullman Branch serves 9th Ward residents with library and information services.
  • The City partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation to rebuild the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Bishop Ford Expressway. The $5 million project included new roadway, sidewalks, fencing and lighting.
  • Improvements in parks and open space throughout the community, including:
    • New playgrounds at Carver, Smith, Kensington, Palmer and Langley Parks since 1989.
    • The rehabilitation of the swimming pools at Palmer and Carver Parks and a new water slide at Palmer Park, giving residents in the community more options for cooling off in the summer.
    • The acquisition of 30 acres of Park #548, known as the Major Taylor Trail, offers new recreational opportunities for the community.
  • The Pullman Farmers Market on Wednesdays gives 9th Ward residents more access to healthy, fresh foods.
  • The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) uses TIF revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. In the 9th Ward, for example, Bass Furniture at 11431 S. Michigan received a grant of $72,000 from the Roseland Michigan TIF District to make needed improvements to the business.
  • The City has encouraged the restoration of the historic Pullman row homes, 11 of which on the 107th block of South Champlain are currently being rehabilitated for affordable housing through the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
  • The City's Department of Family and Support Service provides numerous services to improve the quality of life for residents of the 9th Ward:
    • The expansion of the Summer Nutrition Program, which is part of a nationwide effort, now provides more than a million free meals to hungry children in Chicago. Over 65,000 free meals were served to low-income children in the area in 2010.
    • The administration of the Summer Mini Grants program, which strengthens leadership skills, build better community relationships and help young people 10 to 18 years of age use the summer months to explore career options and possibilities. Over 3,700 youth have benefited from the Summer Mini Grants programs annually, with several organizations in the area participating.
  • The Department of Water Management has undertaken a number of projects that have benefited the 9th Ward over the past 20 years, including the installation of nearly 16 miles of new water mains, the lining of five miles of old sewer lines, and the replacement of more than two miles of original sewers.

"Working together, we've brought Chicago into the 21st century, and given it a bright future. It's been a joy and an honor to be your Mayor," Daley said.

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