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Senior housing project at former Ravenswood Hospital blocked unless state rules change

Senior housing project at former Ravenswood Hospital blocked unless state rules change

A proposed $60 million affordable housing redevelopment for seniors at the former Ravenswood Hospital site is on life support pending legislation that would allow separate supportive and independent living facilities under the same roof.

The plan, which would turn a vacant 10-story high-rise into 193 units of mixed-use senior housing, was shot down in November by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Current state rules require supportive living facilities be exclusive to that use.

“This is housing that’s needed,” said Jeff Rappin, chairman of Evergreen Real Estate Group, a Chicago-based affordable housing developer. “We’re not building a 400-unit...

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