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.