National Equity Fund

1704 N. Humboldt Building

Chicago, IL

Jobs Created: 8
Jobs Year One: 35

The 1704 N. Humboldt development is the substantial rehabilitation and historic preservation of a 1920s low-rise courtyard building in Chicago, which was originally purchased in 1988 by sponsor, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. At that time, the existing 54 studio apartments were converted into 29 units of Section 8 family housing.

The recent rehabilitation of the five one-, 15 two- and nine three-bedroom apartments continues their Section 8 status targeting them to households earning at or below 60 percent Area Median Income.

Renovation included installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Roofs were replaced, existing walls repaired and tuck-pointed and windows, doors and lintels restored. A new laundry facility in the building’s basement is equipped with Energy Star appliances. Each apartment features a dishwasher, garbage disposal, air conditioning, blinds and new hardwood flooring.

Founded in 1967, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation is one of Chicago’s strongest community-based non-profit organizations and is widely recognized for its excellence in community development.

National Equity Fund® invested $8.8 million of LIHTC equity in 1704 N. Humboldt, its ninth partnership with Bickerdike.

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Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Property Manager:
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Weese Langley Weese Architects, Ltd.
General Contractor:
Humboldt Construction Co. Inc.

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Miriam Apartments

Chicago, IL

Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the preservation of Miriam Apartments has not only preserved the building’s original classic Chicago front façade elements and floors, but also 66 homes for residents in Chicago’s Uptown community. Mercy Housing Lakefront took over from Lakefront SRO, which updated the property in 1990, to improve this four-story historical building that was built in 1925. The rehabilitation work transformed shared bathrooms and communal kitchens into private spaces.  

In the interest of long-term affordability, Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) secured 20-year project-based assistance contracts for all apartments. Mariam Apartments aims to improve the quality of life of residents coming out of homelessness. All 66 units are restricted to residents earning 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and benefits from a Section 8 contract. The rehabilitation also features a steam heating system, which provides the residents with air conditioning for the first time as well as access to a computer lab, fitness room, community room, and resident storage. 

Miriam Apartments has gained recognition as the 2020 Residential Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact at the Novogradac Rehabilitation Awards and was a 2020 Affordable Housing Finance Readers’ Choice Awards Winner in the Preservation category. This community was developed by Mercy Housing Lakefront, and NEF invested over $9.4 million in LIHTC equity. 

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