May 7, 2015
Congratulations to Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation on being selected as a semi-finalist in the Community Development Category for the NDC Academy Awards 2015. The NDC Academy Awards Semi-Finalists represent some of the most innovative and impactful developments changing the lives for residents in underserved communities across the country, NDC is honored to highlight the achievements of these organizations at the NDC Academy 2015.
Zapata Apartments – Chicago, IL
Zapata Apartments is a 61-unit affordable rental development comprised of 8 one-, 31 two-, and 22 three-bedroom units in four newly constructed, environmentally sustainable buildings on/near Armitage Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square community area. All buildings are constructed on lots that stood vacant for decades. Total project costs were $25 million dollars with financing from the following sources: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity, a first mortgage from BMO Harris, Tax Increment Financing, three energy grants from Chicago’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, an Illinois capital funds grant, and AHP direct subsidy. Hard construction costs were $184.15 per square foot and the total development cost was $292.08 per square foot. Lisec & Biederman Architects designed the buildings with the traditional Chicago style of commercial corridors in mind. All four buildings use a steel-frame construction system and are clad with masonry and contextually appropriate siding. The bay windows reflect the surrounding buildings, adding visual interest to the streetscape while maintaining consistency with the culture of the avenue. The flagship building on the corner of Armitage and St. Louis completes the block and has become an attractive community centerpiece including a 4,000 square ft. commercial space housing a non-profit partner that provides social services to low-income area residents. Zapata Apartments includes many green elements: energy efficiency upgrades to insulation, windows, lighting, and heating and cooling systems, and solar hot water heating. The 16-unit building located at 3734 N. Cortland Avenue is home to La Arribada, a tot lot that is a big hit with residents with young children. The biggest building, a 30-unit building at 1955 N. St. Louis features a green roof and bike racks, and the 12 unit building located at 3230 W. Armitage Avenue is Bickerdike’s first smoke-free building, one of a handful in Chicago and in the nation.