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January 26, 2012
by Jonathan Bullington

 Triblocal

Preckwinkle tours site of Evanston housing program

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle visited Evanston Thursday morning for a tour of the city’s work rehabbing properties with an $18 million federal grant.

After a brief overview of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program at the city’s Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center, Preckwinkle first visited the site of a proposed affordable housing development on the city’s west side.

Dubbed Emerson Square, the development calls for between 65 and 80 units of mixed-income rental apartments situated on a dormant industrial site bounded by Foster Street, the alley east of Dewey Avenue, Emerson Street, Gilbert Park and Jackson Avenue.

The development’s idea came out of the West Evanston Master Plan, and gained traction after the city received roughly $18 million in federal NSP2 dollars to revitalize two areas on the south and west sides hit hard by foreclosures.

After touring Emerson Square, Preckwinkle stopped at two homes on Brown Avenue and Grey Street. Both homes have been renovated with NSP2 dollars.

“I was a local elected official for 20 years, so I know how important investments in troubled properties on a block can be,” Preckwinkle said after the tour. “They’re either the catalyst for the decline, or you can transform them in the way these buildings have been transformed, and then they’re part of the effort to rejuvenate the neighborhood.”

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