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LGBTQ-Friendly Affordable Housing Moves Forward In Logan Square

By Mae Rice in News on Dec 14, 2016 1:55PM

A rendering of the proposed John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza (photo courtesy of Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's office)

Plans for an LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing complex in Logan Square are moving forward, slowly but surely. On Monday, the City Council Committee on Finance approved the first stage of $16 million in funding for the John Pennycuff apartments project, according to a committee spokesperson; the initial funding plan goes up for a vote in the full City Council meeting today.

First proposed back in May, the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments are slated for 2031-7 N. Milwaukee Ave., right near Concord Music Hall, and would encompass 88 affordable housing units, Committee on Finance spokesperson Donal Quinlan told Chicagoist. This would make it a true rarity in Logan Square, where you can't even get an affordable 3 a.m. burrito anymore (RIP El Charro).

Quinlan noted that the project wasn't specified as LGBT-friendly when it went before the committee, only as "multi-family." As we reported back in May, the complex would not be reserved exclusively for LGBTQ residents—it would be open to all.

[H/T DNAinfo]