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Logan Square Affordable Housing Complex Gets $3 Million Overhaul

The 1920s-era complex, which houses people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, hadn't been upgraded in more than 20 years.

The 36-unit affordable housing complex at 1819 N. Humboldt Blvd. got its first major facelift in more than 20 years.
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LOGAN SQUARE — An affordable housing complex located at the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park— one that houses low-income people battling substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses — recently got a facelift to the tune of $3 million.

Formerly known as Humboldt House, the four-story, 36-unit complex at 1819 N. Humboldt Blvd. is run by Thresholds, an organization that bills itself as one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. 

Thresholds enlisted the help of Chicago-based developer Evergreen Real Estate Group to renovate the 1920s-era building, which hadn’t seen upgrades in more than 20 years, according to the development team.

The renovated building reopened this month after about a year’s worth of work. 

All of the apartments and common areas received upgrades, including new paint, flooring, windows and mechanical systems. New kitchens and bathrooms were installed in the studios and one-bedroom units.

The developer also installed an elevator — the building’s first — and other modern accessibility features as well as several amenities including a community room with a full kitchen, an exercise room, a computer lab, an on-site laundry room, bike storage and a landscaped courtyard.

Thresholds has owned the building since 1989. Until last fall, the building was called Humboldt House; it was renamed Steven Michael Carroll House in honor of Thresholds board member Deborah Carroll’s son.

“Logan Square, in particular, has seen housing costs soar in recent years, making resources like the Steven Michael Carroll House all the more important for low-income households who call this neighborhood home,” Kevin Beard, director of acquisitions for Evergreen Real Estate Group, said in a news release.

“As a firm that regularly partners with nonprofit organizations, we were honored to work with Thresholds on a project that will continue to serve the community for years to come.”

The project was funded through a combination of low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, affordable housing program dollars and loans from private banks, according to the release.