|ABLA, Chicago, IL
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The ABLA public housing complex began in 1938 with Jane Addams Homes.
It is one of Chicago's oldest and largest public housing neighborhoods.
Located on 100 acres in the City's Near West Side, the ABLA site was
originally comprised of more than 3,600 units in four contiguous
developments: Jane Addams Homes, Grace Abbott Homes, Robert Brooks
Homes and its later extension, and Loomis Courts. ABLA has long been
identified as one of the most physically distressed public housing
developments in Chicago. At present, approximately 1,100 housing units
of the 3,000 remaining units are occupied (to date, approximately 750
units have been demolished). And although it is surrounded by two
dynamic institutions, the University of Illinois at Chicago to the East
and the Illinois Medical District to the West; as well as bounded by
Little Italy to the North - it has had little opportunity to reverse
its own physical and community deterioration until now.
was responsible for creating revitalization plans for the 3,000-unit,
$650 million revitalization, including nearly $60 million from HOPE VI
funds, of the ABLA Homes community in Chicago, IL. Working alongside
the ABLA Local Advisory Committee, the Habitat Company (Receiver), and
the Chicago Housing Authority, Telesis developed a comprehensive master
plan that established the means in which blighted public housing
development could be converted into a beautiful mixed-income community.
Telesis also developed a thorough plan for providing public housing
residents the community and supportive services they need. Telesis is
currently overseeing the implementation of the first phase of that plan
with a special focus on employment programs.