A rendering for the future Casa Yucatan, which will bring 98 affordable apartments to Pilsen. Credit: Provided

PILSEN — The Resurrection Project is planning another affordable housing complex in Pilsen.

The Pilsen-based nonprofit is in the early stages of developing its latest housing project, which is called Casa Yucatan, co-founder and CEO Raul Raymundo said at a community meeting Monday night. It’ll be located at 2136 S. Ashland Ave., across the street from Benito Juarez Community Academy, he said.

Guacolda Reyes, the Resurrection Project’s chief real estate development officer, said the goal with Casa Yucatan is to provide apartments for a wide range of incomes and with more multi-bedroom, family-oriented housing.

“We want to provide a deeper level of affordability,” she said.

The seven-story building will have 98 apartments in total: 38 one-bedrooms, 34 two-bedrooms and 26 three-bedrooms, Reyes said. The apartment sizes will range from 760 to 1,260 square-feet, she said.

Reyes said five apartments will be wheelchair accessible and 15 percent of the building’s apartment will be adaptable, meaning the units could be easily altered to fit accessibility needs.

Households making between 15 to 70 percent of the area’s median income will be able to apply for the apartments, an income of less than $11,595 a year for one person and up to $77,210 a year for a family of four, Reyes said.

Rents vary depending on the size of the apartment, but could be as low as $521 for a one-bedroom with one bathroom up to $1,750 for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms, Reyes said.

There will be bike parking and 20 car parking spaces, which is more than required by the city since the building will be less than a mile from the 18th Street Pink Line station, Reyes said. Two multi-purpose rooms open to residents and the general public, she said.

A green space on the roof will be accessible only to residents, Reyes said.

The vacant lot at 2136 S. Ashland Ave. where the Resurrection Project’s Casa Yucatan development will eventually sit. Credit: Google Maps

Reyes said construction is expected to start in summer 2024, once the group has secured the financing. Work should take about a year and a half, meaning Casa Yucatan could be ready for residents by fall 2025, she said.

Residents can likely apply for the apartments in summer 2025, Reyes said.

A couple dozen residents attended the meeting Monday evening to hear about the upcoming development.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), who now chairs the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate, said he supports the project. It’s more important than ever to build affordable housing, he said.

For families and seniors in the ward, “there’s a wide spectrum of need in terms of housing,” Sigcho-Lopez said.

Resident Maria Gallardo said she was thrilled to hear about the plans for Casa Yucatan. Gallardo was raised in Pilsen but had to move out of the neighborhood because of costs and violence, she said.

Gallardo said she now lives near Midway Airport, but would love the opportunity to move back to Pilsen and be closer to her family.

“It’s just so expensive,” she said. “I would love to be back in the neighborhood with my family. I’m happy there’s a possibility for some of us, or at least my children, to be able to come back to the neighborhood where my grandparents immigrated to.”

This new development would be located near a recently completed Resurrection Project building.

Earlier this year, the Resurrection Project unveiled its most recent housing endeavor, Casa Durango, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 53 apartments were spread between two buildings — one at 19th Street and Racine Avenue and another on Ashland Avenue near 21st Street.

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