With nary a NIMBY’s cry, construction has begun on an 18-unit apartment project on Chicago Avenue designed exclusively for low-income women with young children.

This is the good work of New Moms Inc., a respected nonprofit with roots on the West Side but growing connections in Oak Park since its melding with longtime nonprofit Parenthesis.

The $8 million project is largely funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. New Moms is nearing its goal of raising $1.2 million to fund the project, which will also house its headquarters. If all goes as planned, the new project will open early in 2019. New Moms is working with the Oak Park Housing Authority to identify potential tenants for the long-term housing units. 

This is Oak Park at its best. It is yet another collaboration across Austin Boulevard that makes us hopeful for our shared future. And it doesn’t hurt that construction of this handsome building was made possible by the demolition of another structure on our short list of Ugliest Buildings in Oak Park.

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