Chicago: Atlanta firm picked for North Chicago redevelopment project

The Lake County Housing Authority has selected the Atlanta-based Benoit Group to redevelop property now occupied by the Marion Jones projects. The Benoit Group will oversee construction, as well as co-own, under a joint venture, what could be a $100 million mixed-income housing development at Dugdale Road and 14th Street. The ultimate cost of the new housing will depend on whether LCHA can reach agreements with the city of North Chicago and Foss Park District to obtain adjacent parcels of land. If only the 51-year-old public housing project, which includes 125 attached dwellings, is replaced, the cost will be $60 million. The Benoit Group was selected out of an original field of 11 contenders, according to David Northern, Sr., LCHA executive director. The Benoit Group was named Jan. 25 over two other finalists — Chicago-based Habitat Company and Community Builders, headquartered in Boston — with the assistance of the community advisory Marion Jones Evaluation Committee.

Chicago Sun Times

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