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First Housing at Highland Park Project Proposed

Edit- the housing is proposed within the Highland Park project site, not along Chalmers as previously written.

Elim Christian Fellowship Church is proposing the first new housing in the Highland Park neighborhood. The 30-unit affordable housing project would be built along Holden Street south of Bennett Village Terrace and across from Elim’s parking lot and chapel. Elim is working with Belmont Housing and Silvestri Architects on the $7 million project that would be constructed by CSS Construction.

“My work with Elim Church goes back ten years when I worked on the Elim Sanctuary at Chalmers Avenue and Holden Street,” said David Pawlik, president of Creative Structures Services, Inc. “It is a great organization let by Pastor Anthony Bronner.”

The housing would be a mix of townhouses and one-story units. A community center would also be constructed. It is located on a 2.5 site within the Highland Park project that LPCiminelli is working on at the former Central Park Plaza location.

LPCiminelli bought the 27-acre Central Park Plaza site for $800,000 in 2012 and has completed demolition, remedial work, and has installed infrastructure for the development’s first phase. Highland Park is expected containing up 663 new mixed-income rental units, new roads to tie the site into adjacent neighborhoods, and parks.

New housing will consist of rental units in a mix of building types including four-story buildings, three-story walk-up units, senior housing, lofts, and townhouses. Eighty percent of the units will be market-rate and the balance will be income-restricted affordable. Housing construction has not started.

Elim is applying for tax credits in December. If approved construction would start in 2018.

“This will link to what is happening at Highland Park,” says Pawlik. “It complements what is happening there.”

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