Evergreen Real Estate Group along with Council for Jewish Elderly (doing business as CJE SeniorLife) say construction has started on Evanston Senior Housing, $25 million affordable rental community at 1011 Howard St. in Evanston.
The 60-unit project will be a four-story, 73,017-sq. ft. residential building next to the existing CJE SeniorLife Adult Day Services center. Evanston Senior Housing is owned by 1015 Howard LP, a partnership that includes CJE SeniorLife, Evergreen and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, the community development and tax credit subsidiary of U.S. Bank.
The structure for LEED Silver certification, said to Andre Pintauro, president of Evergreen Construction Company, a division of Evergreen Real Estate Group that is serving as general contractor. The building features a precast concrete frame and two levels of parking, with improvements complementing the enhanced streetscape coming to Howard Street in 2021 through a joint project between the cities of Evanston and Chicago.
“Evanston Senior Housing is an innovative development that creates much-needed affordable senior housing while improving the existing ADS center that has enriched the lives of countless Evanston seniors over the years,” David Block, director of development for Evergreen Real Estate Group, said in a statement. “It is unusual to have affordable senior housing and support services paired together in the same location – a model that we feel can be replicated elsewhere in the Chicago area and across the country.”
“During the design process, we drew inspiration from the public art installation on the exterior of the existing ADS building – a mosaic tree mural created by the center’s staff, clients and volunteers known as ‘Together We Grow,’” Block said. “The new independent living community incorporates some of the same earth tones and includes its own green wall along the south facade of the building.”
The Evergreen Construction Company team also is making renovations to the existing ADS building at 1015 Howard St. “The improvements, which include a lobby reconfiguration to enhance security and overall functionality, HVAC upgrades, and roof and masonry work, will allow CJE SeniorLife to continue using the space for many years to come,” said Pintauro.