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Nearly 18 months after work began, the landmark Viceroy Hotel at the southern edge of Union Park has been fully restored to 89 units of affordable housing. Carrying forth the Viceroy's long service as single-occupancy temporary housing, Heartland Housing has stripped the building of its hazards and decay and reopened studio apartments to the working poor and women newly released from prison. A coffee shop run by St. Leonard's Ministries will occupy the ground floor, and the organization will also open its social services to the Viceroy's tenants. It took $20M but the Viceroy, vacant since 2003, is back in action. [LISC Chicago, previously, photo: Gordon Walek at LISC Chicago]