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New 134-Unit Affordable Senior Living Center Opens In Calumet Heights

Thirty-four of Montclare's one-bedroom units will be subsidized by the Chicago Housing Authority.

The Montclare Senior Residences brings 134 units of affordable senior housing to Calumet Heights.
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CALUMET HEIGHTS — A senior living center has opened on a former vacant property in the Calumet Heights commercial corridor, bringing 134 housing units in a mixed-income setting.

The $35 million Montclare Senior Residences held its grand opening Tuesday at 9401 S. Stony Island Ave. The facility consists of 101 one-bedroom apartments and 33-two bedroom apartments with amenities like a gym, beauty salon, library and walking paths.

Thirty-four of Montclare’s one-bedroom units will be subsidized by the Chicago Housing Authority and made available to tenants on the authority’s waiting list, according to the city.

The remaining units are described as being “affordable” thanks to nearly $17 million in funding from federal low income housing tax credits.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said facilities like Montclare will go a long way to make Chicago “equitable and inclusive” for all residents, including seniors.

“Making sure we take care of our elders and give them a comfortable living in the final chapters in their life, there’s nothing more important than that,” Lightfoot said at the building’s opening.

Also being built as part of the development is the city’s first location of Huddle House, an Atlanta-based diner known for large portions and cheap prices. Huddle House will provide 80 full-time jobs in Calumet Heights and will be only the second full-service restaurant in the 8th Ward.

“A project of this size and this fiscal magnitude changes the complexion of the communities,” Harris said.

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