An LGBT-friendly, mixed-use development with 100 percent affordable housing units would be built in Logan Square under a plan announced Thursday by local Chicago Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st).
The proposed John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza would be a "transit-oriented development" with 88 affordable housing units. Tax increment financing (TIF) dollars would help fund the project, proposed for a site at 2031 N. Milwaukee Ave. Private funding, tax credits and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) funds would also be put toward the development.
"I am pleased to announce this TIF-funded affordable housing project in Logan Square, which has been in the planning process for more than two years," Moreno said in statement. "As you know, my commitment has always been to use TIF funds for two reasons: schools and affordable housing. I think this housing development is a great opportunity to bring even more affordability to Logan Square."
If approved, the development would become the second LGBT-friendly affordable housing complex in Chicago, according to Moreno.
Pennycuff and Castillo were life partners and LGBT and affordable housing activists in Logan Square, where they were born. They served on the city council's advisory panel on LGBT issues and were married in 2004, after becoming the first couple to register for the Cook County Domestic Partnership Registry in 2003. Pennycuff died in 2012.
Moreno is hosting an open house Saturday to discuss the proposed development with the community. The event will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Congress Pizzeria, 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave.