Around the Corner: Updates from Projects Across the Midwest

Preserving a Landmark, Supporting the Arts
Located in Chicago’s Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood, Hairpin Lofts is a redevelopment project that reflects many aspects of Brinshore’s work.

The five-story historic Art Moderne style building was built by entrepreneur Sol Harry Goldberg, who devised the “humps” in hairpins to help them stay in place and founded the Hump Hairpin Manufacturing Co., known to stylish women of the 1920s and 30s by its camel logo.

Brinshore is restoring the building’s exterior to highlight its signature detailing and renovating the property, which had been largely vacant for the last twenty years, to include street-level retail space and 28 new residential loft units, 25 of which will be affordable to families earning 30 – 60 percent of median income for the area. The entire second floor is being donated to The Logan Square Arts Center, a community arts organization that will provide multi-generational arts activity for the whole neighborhood.

Brinshore aims to attain LEED Gold certification for the landmark building.


Helping Neighborhoods Hard Hit By Foreclosures
Brinshore is partnering with the city of Evanston, Illinois to purchase and renovate dozens of foreclosed homes and bring them back into the real estate market.

As the winner of the city’s $18 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, Brinshore aims to have 100 units rehabilitated and reoccupied within a year. The project is on track to meet this ambitious goal, with 57 units of housing already acquired and contracts pending on over a dozen more,
all in two key areas: Evanston’s west side neighborhood which is one of the oldest middle class African American neighborhoods in Illinois and a south side area where the condominium boom led many first-time buyers into mortgages that did not last through the credit crunch.

The refurbished homes will be available for rent or purchase, with the first units becoming available this summer. The program is also proving to be a boon to the local economy: of the $1 million in subcontracts already awarded, 77-percent have gone to minority, women and Evanston-based firms.
And nearly half the subcontractors are employing residents from the target neighborhoods.


Housing For A Green Economy Workforce
The first newly constructed family apartments to come to Fort Madison, Iowa in years are now fully leased and planning is underway for the next phase of development at the Bluff Apartments.

This state-of-the-art community offers a fresh approach to residential living. Landscaped with shade trees, native plants, rain gardens and a walking path, the site is designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, while still offering easy access to shopping, services and recreation.

Fort Madison is home to a Siemens wind turbine blade factory, showcased in a visit by President Obama last year as a center of the green economy. The plant’s workforce has doubled in size in the last two years.

The first phase of construction brought 40 two- and three-bedroom apartments to Fort Madison, with rents ranging from $389 to $535 per month. An additional 24 units, in three new buildings, are planned for the next phase and will be offered at similarly affordable lease rates.

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