Housing authority set to break ground on Haven project

Housing authority set to break ground on Haven project

CHAMPAIGN — Construction is set to begin soon on a $15 million housing authority project on the north side of Champaign.

The Housing Authority of Champaign County is planning a groundbreaking Dec. 14 on its Haven project on Interstate Drive, behind Walmart.

The three-story building will have 98 apartments for people 55 and older, and another one-story apartment building with 24 units for people with special needs.

It will also have a large community room and kitchen, computer lab, fitness center, outdoor walking areas, a dog park and other amenities.

The project will be a joint public-private venture, with Brinshore Development, a for-profit affordable housing development company out of Northbrook, handling construction.

Four building permits for the project are under review by the city, with the construction worth $9 million at the 501 Interstate Drive address, $3 million at 303 Interstate Drive and $2.7 million at 505 Interstate Drive.

Once construction is complete, HACC will then take over management of the development, CEO David Northern said.

"It's just great that this project is coming together," Northern said. "It's one of those public-private partnerships that helps save tax dollars."

The project was made possible in part by the recent sale of the Skelton Place near Campustown.

The housing authority sold the eight-story building at 302 S. Second St., C, to Green Street Realty in October for $5 million.

HACC relocated the residents, and Green Street Realty plans to turn that building into student housing by the 2019 school year.

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