“A nonprofit developer is getting $2 million in federal funds to convert a Logan Square church into affordable apartments.
“LUCHA was one of 10 developers and community organizations awarded funding from Congress with support from Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, according to a news release.
“The funds will be used to convert the nearly 100-year-old Humboldt Park Methodist Church at 2122 N. Mozart St. into 22 affordable apartments, a project aimed at combating gentrification-fueled displacement in Logan Square.
“The financial support is a step forward for the project, which has been in the works since 2020.
“Church leaders teamed up with LUCHA to redevelop the church after deciding to move the congregation. The church is home to 11 affordable apartments run by the congregation, and church leaders want a developer to carry on their affordable housing work.
“LUCHA plans to renovate the church’s existing apartments and convert the church’s sanctuary and fellowship space into 10 more apartments for a total of 22 units. The church’s exterior would mostly remain as-is, Castañeda said.
“The apartments — a mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedrooms — would only be available to renters who meet the city’s requirements under the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. Green space would be added to the right side of the building for families to enjoy, Castañeda said.” (Bloom, Block Club Chicago, 3/21/22)