Senior Residence to Reopen Green and Modern

November 07, 2011

Chicago seniors will soon have a newly improved, energy-efficient and affordable piece of Chicago real estate to call home.

The Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments, located at 5650 N. Kenmore in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood, has been closed for renovations and is set to reopen on Tuesday as an environmentally friendly senior apartment building.

Built in 1992, the historic building at Hollywood and Kenmore on Chicago’s North Side was purchased by the Chicago Housing Authority in 2006 and closed immediately for remodeling.

The Ralph J. Pomeroy Apartments in Chicago

Recycled materials were used during rehabilitation of the building, which has been retrofitted with energy-efficient upgrades that include:

*A geothermal system

*Renewable energy technology, including solar thermal panels

*Water conserving appliances and fixtures

*A green roof covering 75 percent of the roof

*Roof and courtyard terraces

*Complete facade repairs to the brick, limestone and terra cotta

The 10-story building now offers 104 one-bedroom, public housing apartments for Chicago’s senior residents.

The renovations created about 214 jobs and were done with more than $18.3 million in federal money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The structure is now a candidate for LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments were renovated as part of the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. The new modern, community-oriented, residential community will be the association’s flagship senior living center.

To see more pictures of the building undergoing its transformation, check out the project’s Facebook page.

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