2016 VISION AWARD WINNER

Southwick Place

Affordable Housing Category

24th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Honorable Mention Award

THE EDSON AWARDS

2018 Tax Credit Excellence Honorable Mention Award | SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING CATEGORY

Midtown Crossing Apartments, 751 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, IL

On June 13th OTR received the prestigious 24th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Honorable Mention Award in the Special Needs Housing Category. OTR received the award for our most recent development, Midtown Crossing Apartments, in Des Plaines, Illinois. Midtown Crossing was one of 14 developments to receive the award.

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The Edson Awards take place each year on Capitol Hill bringing together members of Congress with business and nonprofit leaders to honor Affordable Housing Tax Credit developments that strengthen communities, improve health, and boost the economy nationwide.Midtown Crossing offers individuals with mobility impairments and other disabilities maximum accessibility. Residents enjoy the convenience of a library/computer area, laundry facility, community room, and light-filled lobby alcoves on each level, as well as a central location just a few blocks from the Metra station, public library, downtown shopping, and restaurants.

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VISION AWARD WINNER

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

2016 VISION AWARD | AFFORDABLE HOUSING CATEGORY

Southwick Place, 5150 Southwick Drive, Matteson, IL

From design and construction to the quality of independent living — OTR pushes the boundaries with the Southwick Place development. Southwick Place was built to provide low income individuals with physical disabilities a premier affordable housing solution.  The “barrier-free” apartments provide residents with maximum accessibility and self-sufficiency in the comfort of their own home.

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All 40 units on the site are designed to be fully accessible, featuring wider doorways, fixtures and switches at wheel chair height, roll under space at kitchen counters, appliances, bathroom sinks. and roll-in showers.  The public corridors are wider than standard and lead to open common areas decorated with original artwork.  The expansive corridor windows bring in natural light and overlook landscaped grounds. The ground floor has a spacious community room with an accessible outside patio.  Additional features include a library, computer area, laundry room, and an outside picnic pavilion.  There is a great demand for this type of housing in the community and Southwick Place is a great addition to the Village.

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“We wanted to convey that
affordable housing doesn’t have to be so basic —
IT CAN BE EXCITING.”
Eric Huffman, Executive Director

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