$74.2 million permit issued for former Lawson House YMCA SRO renovations

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Chicago has issued a $74.2 million building permit to modernize apartments for low-income renters at 30 W. Chicago Ave., the former Lawson House YMCA.

The permit issued on Oct. 13 is part of an overall $122 million initiative supported by Chicago City Council, The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier.

City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate in early September approved a city loan of as much as $17.59 million to renovate the Art Deco building. Before the work, it had 583 single-room occupancy (SRO) units.

“The project by Holsten Real Estate Development will lower that number to 406 units while bringing them to today’s standards, which call for private kitchens and bathrooms in each apartment,” the newspaper said, quoting Housing Department officials. All units will get air conditioning and the building’s mechanicals will be replaced.

Walsh Construction Company is the project’s general contractor. Key subtrades include: Electrical – Huen Electric Inc.; masonry – MBB Enterprises of Chicago Inc.; plumber/plumbing – Adamson Plumbing Contractor; and refrigeration and ventilation – Great Lakes Plumbing and Heating.


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