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Casa Durango, An Affordable Housing Development In Pilsen, To Break Ground This Fall

Casa Durango will be a 37-unit development at 1850 S. Racine Ave. and a 16-unit building at 2008 S. Ashland Ave.

The Resurrection Project's development Casa Durango includes a 37-unit development at 1850 S. Racine Ave.
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PILSEN — The Resurrection Project plans to start construction this fall on an affordable housing development bringing 53 apartments to Pilsen.

The Pilsen-based nonprofit received City Council approval on a multi-family loan agreement earlier this week, said Alison Gillis, senior real estate development manager with the nonprofit. The vote is the final layer of city approval needed for the project, dubbed Casa Durango, to move forward.

Now, the team is expected to break ground in September, Gillis said.

The Resurrection Project will build a 37-unit development at 1850 S. Racine Ave. and a 16-unit complex at 2008 S. Ashland Ave. DesignBridge designed the buildings. 

The two buildings will have a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with a ground-floor community area for residents. The apartments would be available to people making up to 60 percent of the area median income. 

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As part of the project, the Resurrection Project will build a 16-unit complex at 2008 S. Ashland Ave.

The Racine Avenue building will have 27 parking spaces. Six spaces will be available at the Ashland transit-oriented development, which is near the No. 9 Ashland bus and the Pink Line.

The nonprofit unveiled plans for the project’s first building to residents in 2019 and revised it before it was approved later that year. The second building was unveiled to neighbors the following year, with the plans revised based on community feedback.

The development is part of the organization’s “broader strategy to combat gentrification and displacement in the community,” the nonprofit told neighbors during community meetings.

The Resurrection Project expects the project to be completed in fall 2022, Gillis said.

The Resurrection Project operates 330 affordable housing units across its Pilsen properties. Those buildings: Casa Morelos, 2015 S. Morgan St.; Casa Guanajuato, 1313 W. 19th St.; Casa Guerrero, 963 W. Cullerton St.; and Casa Monterrey, 967 W. 19th St.

“We are grateful to the city for the investment in this project to build more affordable housing in an area that is losing affordable housing units due to gentrification pressures,” Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo said. “We look forward to working with the city to develop more Casa Durangos.”

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