A brand new 45-unit affordable rental development in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood will soon welcome its first tenants on the back of yesterday's formal ribbon cutting ceremony. Dubbed Casa Querétaro, the four-story building located at 2012 W. 17th Street is part of the community development initiative from The Resurrection Project in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority. Fifteen of Casa Querétaro's 45 apartments will go to CHA public housing while the remaining 30 will be priced to be affordable for families earning up to 60% of the area's median income. Design of the LEED Silver certified building was handled by Chicago's DesignBridge and features angular geometry and a multi-texture facade wrapped around a large central courtyard. Casa Querétaro includes 32 parking spaces as well as an indoor tenant bike room.
Aimed specifically at local families, Casa Querétaro represents a major improvement for the surrounding community. The new building is certainly a welcomed departure from the site's previous abandoned silos that often attracted criminal activity, vandalism, and the occasional tire fire, according to The Resurrection Project. Plans for the affordable housing project at the northwest corner of Damen and 17th Street were first presented in 2012 with construction starting in early 2015 after funding was secured. $4 million of the the project's $15 million price tag was funded through TIF money.