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.
North River Commission is assisting in three new affordable housing developments, and each was developed and is managed by Evergreen Real Estate Group.
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.
Horner Park Lofts
2801 W Montrose Ave
Proposal by MVAH Partners
1. Application for funding submitted October 11, 2019 to Chicago Department of Housing. Decision expected February 2020.
2. Community Meeting December 16, 2019
• 4 stories, residential on 1st floor, no retail on 1st floor
• 47 apartments: 34 affordable 1-bedroom, 7 affordable studios, 6 market-rate 2-bedroom
• 28 parking spaces
• Project information is provided all on one page for your review
• Powerpoint from Community Meeting, including developer presentation
• Link to community feedback survey
North River Commission does not approve or disapprove of this proposed development, and NRC works directly with community stakeholders to bring their voice into development. North River Commission does not have any financial interest in this development or with MVAH Partners.
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.