Church Adaptive Reuse Development with Affordable Units Chicago, IL

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An adaptive reuse of a church with an affordable component.

An agreement was negotiated with the owner by, in part, convincing them of the benefits associated with our intention to incorporate an affordable component into the development. This was covered in part in the press (see here).

The biggest challenge was convincing the neighbors (and thus the alderman) to allow the project to move forward. Unfortunately, as covered by Block Club, we missed the mark by just a few votes and decided not to move forward with the project.

Aside from entitlements, another challenge–as is with many projects in Chicago–was parking. After a lot of back and forth with the architect, we were able to squeeze 10 spots into the existing basement and carve out that many units into the remaining structure.




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Robert Linn has always had a passion for building. He started tinkering in the family wood shop as a kid and went on to graduate with a dual degree in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2004. In 2009 he received a scholarship to attend business school at Indiana University, graduating in 2011 with a double major in Finance and Management. He bought his first property in 2001 and formed the company in 2004 while still working full-time. He was written up in BuiltWorlds in 2015 for his early achievements in energy-efficient building, and continues to stay abreast of the latest design and building science innovations; including maintaining his LEED and NAR Green Designee certifications. He brings a practical, technical, and theoretical perspective to every project.


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