Hope Manor Village
Hope Manor Village brings 36 affordable housing two-bedroom apartments to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
Scattered over six blocks that were once 16 vacant lots, the apartments consist of a mix of 12 two-flat and four three-flat furnished buildings. These apartments are designed to blend in with the current character of the neighborhood.
Hope Manor Village surrounds its other development, Hope Manor II. This development is located near the 63rd Street corridor, which is part of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West program. Hope Manor Village was part of a $15 million development project and involved collaboration between more than a half-dozen organizations to help make all resources for residents possible. This project wrapped up in February of 2021.
There are a plethora of vacant lots in the City of Chicago, and these buildings are part of the effort to reduce the number of vacant lots. Hope Manner Village’s goal is to bring resources to this area and encourage a hopeful future for Englewood’s residents. Tenants pay 30 percent below the market rate; organizers hope this project will motivate tenants to get on the path to homeownership with the support of community resources available to assist with the transition.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) completed work on the development’s parking lot, sidewalk and curb, and utility design. Grading was surprisingly challenging on this narrow site, but EEA was able to provide site solutions.
Additionally, landscape architecture services were implemented in this project. Services included preparation of the tree preservation plan, preliminary landscape plan per City of Chicago requirements, final landscape plan, and landscape details. Lastly, the opinion of probable cost for landscape elements of the plan and four prototypical single-family lot landscape plans were completed.
Hope Manor Village was voted the Overall Best Development winner in the Affordable Housing Finance Readers’ Choice Awards for 2021. This project was also voted best urban development by magazine and newsletter subscribers.