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South Chicago Celebrates Preservation, Restoration and Reopening of Community Asset

December 22, 2021

Mayor Lightfoot

The South Chicago community joined with Mayor Lightfoot, U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, and 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza to celebrate the formal opening of a renovated senior affordable apartment building and its new community center in a building preserved by two Chicago nonprofits.

Built 93 years ago for the YMCA, the property at 3039 East 91st Street served as the Southeast side’s community and athletic center and provided low-income affordable housing. When the building was put up for sale, many feared that the critical community asset would be lost. Instead, the building was purchased and renovated by a partnership between two of Chicago’s most respected advocates for community development and affordable housing advocates – the South Chicago-based Claretian Associates and Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), the Chicago affiliate of one of the nation’s pre-eminent housing preservation organizations.

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