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Otto Veterans Square Construction Begins in Downtown Chicago Heights

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Mayor David Gonzalez (right) poses with city leaders in celebration of the first day of construction of Otto Veterans Square.Photo byJT Taylor

On a wonderful spring day last week, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC), in collaboration with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, announced the construction of the Otto Veterans Square development. It is an affordable housing project for veterans located in downtown Chicago Heights.

The 82-unit, four-story development featuring an exercise room, media room, walking paths, and raised planting beds for community gardens, will also include design strategies tailored to the special needs of veterans. These will include calm color palettes, quiet spaces with heightened acoustic requirements, and units and common spaces with open plans which provide visibility with no hidden corners. Pets will also be allowed.

All 82 units will receive Project-Based Voucher assistance from the Housing Authority. This subsidy means that tenant rents will be set at a sliding scale so that residents pay no more than 30% of their income on rent. All residents will have incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income for the Chicago region, as set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Every veteran deserves a home, and this new development will help us move a step closer to achieving our goal of making sure every veteran in Cook County is provided with access to decent, safe and affordable housing,” said President Preckwinke.

Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez was also very pleased to see the development come to fruition. It is a project that is dear to his heart as well.

“The initiative between the City of Chicago Heights and the Housing Authority of Cook County to revitalize the property formerly occupied by Franciscan Hospital with a modern, 82-unit veterans housing development represents both a dignified and deserved investment in our military veterans,” said Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez. “We are proud to host the veterans housing facility and grateful for the short and long-term economic boost to the city’s center that the project represents.”

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