Evergreen Opens Combination Library, Seniors Housing Project in Chicago’s West Ridge

CHICAGO — Evergreen Real Estate Group has opened Northtown Branch Library, a co-located public library and seniors housing project in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood.

The project is the second of its type for the developer. Independence Branch Library opened in the city’s Irving Park neighborhood in February. Perkins+Will designed the West Ridge property, which was developed in partnership with the City of Chicago, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and Chicago Public Library.

The project’s residential component, known as Northtown Apartments, will house 44 one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors, with first move-ins scheduled for April.

“We’re proud to play a role in this innovative public-private partnership that provides both much-needed affordable housing for seniors as well as a modern library that benefits the entire community,” says David Block, director of development for Evergreen Real Estate Group. “In addition to enhancing the West Ridge neighborhood architecturally, the Northtown Branch will offer critical social and educational opportunities for residents of all ages, including senior living above in the Northtown Apartments.”

Of the 44 senior apartments, 30 will be reserved for CHA residents while the remainder will serve households meeting eligibility requirements pertaining to age and income. Shared amenities include a second-floor roof deck, fitness room, two lounge areas and two laundry rooms. The library also features an interior courtyard, as well as a large mural depicting iconic images from the West Ridge neighborhood by local artist Chris Silva.