The Project is the redevelopment of an underutilized, 18,450-square-foot office building which now includes 9,200-square-feet of laboratory, health clinic, and related office space built to LEED Platinum Certification standards for Heartland International Heath Center (HIHC). HIHC is a federally qualified health center serving Chicago’s northside across 10 locations and serving 21,000 patients annually. This is HIHC’s 11th location and allows the organization to provide primary care, oral health, substance abuse, and mental health services to the uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare recipients throughout the Rogers Park neighborhood. The Project now provides affordable health treatment services to an additional 6,800 patients per year.
The Project’s environmentally benign, LEED Platinum Certified design was congruent to the community’s Green Corps initiative which strives to make the 49th Ward one of the most sustainable communities in the nation. The Project also fell within the Devon/Sheridan TIF district and helped bring a vacant building back to life while improving the neighborhood streetscape. Throughout the planning process, the Sponsors attended several community meetings to ensure the goals and expectations of the community were met. Strong community support caused the primary funding for the Project to be contributed through community-based financing. The Project was a catalyst for additional community development, resulting in three new projects totaling more than $35 million in private investment, and was awarded the 2015 Vision Award for Catalytic Development by Chicago’s Urban Land Institute.