City sets open house for rehab program


The City of Evanston will hold an open house June 14 at one of the properties rehabilitated under its federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Alderman Delores Holmes, whose 5th Ward included the open house site, will be at the event, along with contractors involved in rehabbing foreclosed homes under the Live Evanston program.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1733 Leland Ave.

Under the program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the city has been awarded $18.15 million to help stabilize two neighborhoods hard hit by the foreclosure crisis.

The open house site is a single-family home that now features a renovated kitchen with granite countertops, dark-wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and new fixtures. The home also has refinished hardwood floors, an EnergyStar furnace and hot water heater and new insulation. It also has a new roof, new landscaping and a new paint job..

So far under the grant program, city officials say, about $5.2 million in subcontracts have been awarded, with 72 percent going to minority, women and Evanston-based businesses. And of about 30 new hires for NSP2-related work, 60 percent have been low-income Evanston residents.

The LiveEvanston program aims to acquire and rehabilitate 100 foreclosed housing units to provide quality, affordable owner-occupied and rental housing.

So far, thirteen units are occupied; 20 are on the market for sale or for rent; and an additional 20 are being rehabbed. Units will be available through early 2013.

Current for sale listings are onlione at www.LiveEvanston.net  and rental listings are available at www.cityofevanston.org/nsp2rentals.

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