North River Commission partners with community stakeholders to evaluate development proposals by sharing information, convening community meetings to ask questions of developers, and encourage community participation in shaping development.
North River Commission operates Mayfair Commons Senior Housing Center at Elston and Lawrence with 97 units and 116 low-income seniors. Prairie Management and Development manages the building. Mayfair Commons has a wait list for seniors who want to live there, and we recommend that you call or stop by the Front Office to fill out an application. 773-205-7862
NRC works with landlords and tenants to secure resources that improve quality and preserve affordability. NRC creates affordable housing through partnerships with our communities, developers, and government.
We can assist you with:
Tenant and landlord mitigation
Housing fairs to assist low- and moderate-income residents
Direct assistance and referrals to housing providers
State or Federal Housing Resources
Unhoused services and programs
311 City Services| Chicago.gov/311 | Call 311 – Ask for “Short-Term Help”
Call 311 for assistance with non-emergency City Services. You may call 311 to request assistance and information about homelessness prevention and “Short-Term Help” through the Homeless Prevention Call Center. If your life or someone else’s life is in imminent danger, please call 911.
Mobile Crisis Response and Shelter Referral Program (MCRSRP) | https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/emerg/svcs/MCRSRP.html
The MCRSRP program provides a 24/7 response to non, life-threatening requests for residents experiencing homelessness and crisis – including connecting clients to homeless shelters and wraparound services for behavioral health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more.
Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) | Chicago.gov/fss
DFSS is the lead department for the city that oversees a network of overnight and interim housing shelter programs that includes over 3,000 shelter beds at 50 separate facilities operated by 29 different delegate agencies. Shelter placement and transportation are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 311. Families seeking shelter can go to the Salvation Army Shield of HopeCenter located at 924 North Christiana. Below are programs managed by DFSS, but you can learn more about their services through their website or by visiting the location listed.
Domestic Violence Victim Services | IDHS: Domestic Violence Victim Services
Domestic violence programs located throughout Illinois provide safety assistance to victims of domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy, children's services, temporary food and housing, and more.
La Casa Norte | https://www.lacasanorte.org/emergency
La Casa Norte has an emergency, transitional, and permanent housing programs for youth and families. Their services include overnight emergency beds for unaccompanied youth, rental assistance, and rapid rehousing, among other services.
Affordable Housing Apartments
North River Commission assisted in three affordable housing developments, brought authentic and impactful community voice to shape the developments, and each was developed and is managed by Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Mayfair Commons Senior Apartments, 2018 - 2019 Renovations
North River Commission’s Mayfair Commons opened in 1999 as part of a large community-wide redevelopment plan. The original federal tax credits used to finance the development have now expired, which necessitates refinancing the project. North River Commission is committed to preserving Mayfair Commons as affordable senior housing, preventing its conversion into market rate condominiums, and avoiding displacement of its senior tenants.
In 1995, with the departure of Bankers Life and Casualty Company from the Mayfair community, NRC lead the redevelopment of the vacated properties and 500,000 square feet of vacant land. The master plan included a retail and healthcare center, a new library, an Islamic school, the Mayfair Office Center, 60 affordable condominiums, 2 new restaurants, and the expansion of 10 existing businesses into adjacent properties.
The cornerstone project was the development of the 97-unit $9.5 million Mayfair Commons Senior Housing Center. The project began construction in 1996 and was completed in 1998. When NRC’s for-profit partner ran into financial trouble NRC took over development and contracting functions and with the support of a LISC loan completed the project and repaid the loan. The Mayfair Town Center, the entire Bankers Life redevelopment, resulted in $45 million of neighborhood investment, 700 new jobs, and 157 new housing units.
To inquire about apartments and eligibility, please contact Christina Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773- 205- 7862. Se Habla Espanol
Other Development Projects
North River Commission works with community stakeholders, elected officials, and developers to provide information on development projects, convene community meetings in partnership with community stakeholders, and encourage community voice in development.
3557 W Lawrence Ave
Proposal by Celadon Holdings
1. Application for funding submitted October 11, 2019 to Chicago Department of Housing. Awarded 9% LIHTC credits on March 2020.
2. Community Meeting September 24, 2020
• 6 stories, Concordia Daycare Center on 1st floor, no retail on 1st floor
• 50 units: 12 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments; 33 two-bedroom, one-bath apartments; and 5 three-bedroom, two-bath apartments, 8 "unrestricted"
• 13 parking spaces
North River Commission works directly with community stakeholders to bring their voice into development, especially workforce and senior affordable housing. North River Commission does not have any financial interest in this development or with Celadon Holdings.
• Project information is provided all on one page for your review
• Link to community feedback survey
Community Meeting Recap: The meeting discussed the proposed development at the vacant lot at Lawrence and Central Park which is proposed as a 6 story building, with 50 new units including 12 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments; 33 two-bedroom, one-bath apartments; and five three-bedroom, two-bath apartments. These affordable units will be targeted for families at 15% AMI, 30% AMI, and 60% AMI income levels, with 8 unrestricted “workforce” units targeted to families at 80% AMI. This 6 story building will provide 3 murals and has partnered with Concordia Place, opening an early childhood care center which will be free or low-cost child care for the residents of the building.
Concerns related to not enough parking and its impact at such a congested intersection, the design was not fitting in the area, and the on-site building management company was not yet selected.
We Will Chicago: Housing and Neighborhoods
“We Will Chicago” is a citywide planning initiative under Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot that encourages neighborhood growth and vibrancy while addressing social and economic inequities. Community participation helps to promote the goals of using meaningful and inclusive engagement to shape the plan.