Skokie Review: Schakowsky pleased housing for seniors moving ahead

Skokie Review: Schakowsky pleased housing for seniors moving ahead
September 23rd, 2010

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-9th, has commended the inclusion of The Pomeroy, a senior public housing development in her congressional district, in a new White House Report: "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America."

The development, located in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, received $18.3 million in Recovery Act funding to rehabilitate and reopen the 87-year old building that was shuttered in 2006 due to aging mechanical systems and prohibitively expensive ongoing repairs.

The report highlights projects nationwide that are putting people back to work and transforming the American economy.

"Inclusion of The Pomeroy in the White House report of the 100 top Recovery Act projects is recognition of how meaningful the revival of this seniors' affordable housing development is to the community at large," Schakowsky said.

As co-chair of the Congressional Seniors Task Force, Schakowsky has long advocated for seniors and for consumer protections, including affordable housing for all.

"I've been very involved in advocating for reinvestment and rehabilitation of The Pomeroy for years because of its capacity to provide multi-faceted community support - and with the infusion of Recovery Act funds, this potential will be realized," she stated. "Not only will The Pomeroy continue to offer much needed affordable housing for seniors, the building's rehabilitation will create local jobs in an environmentally friendly, sustainable way.

"Critically, we'll get valuable bang for our Recovery Act bucks because this investment will help launch us out of recession and lay the groundwork for a local green jobs sector and clean energy economy."

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan commended Schakowsky for her leadership: "This project, which will create or save 105 jobs in Chicago and provide energy savings for the senior residents, may not have happened without Congresswoman Schakowsky's vote and leadership in getting the Recovery Act passed."

The Pomeroy, an 87-year old, nine-story brick building on the north side of Chicago, was closed in 2006 because the aging mechanical systems were failing and the cost of ongoing repairs had become prohibitive. Recovery Act funding will enable the Chicago Housing Authority to rehabilitate the property and reconfigure the interior floor plans to create 104 one-bedroom apartments for senior citizen public housing. The building will undergo a renovation including new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, new elevators, new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, fixtures, and appliances. The Pomeroy Apartments project is part of CHA's plan to facilitate transformational energy efficiency and "green" retrofits in order to increase building efficiency and environmental performance of public housing properties and thereby reduce energy costs, generate resident and CHA energy savings, and reduce green house gas emissions attributable to energy consumption. The project will have a green (vegetated) roof providing insulation for the building, reducing heat loss in winter and cooling costs in the summer. Seventy-three workers will help with interior demolition, and 32 workers will help with various pre-development activities.