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Preservation Of Affordable Housing To Redevelop Apartments Near Obama Presidential Center Site

Butler Lindon Apartments, 6146 South Kenwood

The Preservation of Affordable Housing is adding to its Woodlawn portfolio. The firm acquired two apartment buildings near the site of the Obama Presidential Center for $1.5M and plans to renovate the buildings for low- to moderate-income housing for seniors.

POAH is buying the five-story Johnson at 6230 South Dorchester and the six-story Butler Lindon at 6146 South Kenwood from Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN), a community development group. The two properties total 105 units, a mix of studios, one-bedrooms and three-bedrooms. Both buildings are minutes from the Obama Presidential Center site in Jackson Park. POAH will replace the buildings' HVAC and mechanical systems, renovate the apartments for the first time in 15 years and make improvements to the properties' community rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, lighting and elevators. POAH will take over as property manager.

POAH has invested a lot of time and money in redeveloping affordable housing in Woodlawn, and that has attracted infrastructure improvements to the neighborhood.

Community groups in Woodlawn and other neighborhoods surrounding the Obama Center site have been demanding a written benefits agreement from the Barack Obama Foundation that would legally bind the foundation to its promises of bringing jobs and affordable housing to Woodlawn, South Shore and Washington Park. These groups fear that the center and other developments like a golf course connecting Jackson and South Shore Parks would move forward without sufficient community input.