Groundbreaking planned for Zion Woods Workforce Housing Development in Deerfield


The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Deerfield, along with the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) and Brinshore Development, will break the ground on Sunday, October 10th at 11:00 AM at 10 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, Illinois at 11:00 AM to commemorate the beginning of Zion Woods, a housing estate for workers in north Chicago.

The groundbreaking ceremony follows an eight-year collaboration between the Zion Council and the Congregation, HODC, Brinshore, Deerfield Village, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and Lake County to provide the permits and funding necessary for the development.

“This is the culmination of a lot of work and prayer,” said Reverend David Kyllo, pastor of Zion. “Zion has long been a champion of ethnic and racial diversity and helping others. Zion Woods will be a place that people from different backgrounds – and who have different roles in our community – can call home. “

HODC in Skokie, Illinois specializes in developing affordable housing developments in the greater Chicago area. Northbrook-based Brinshore is one of the leading affordable housing developers in the United States. These co-developers have set their sights on the summer of 2023 for the completion of Zion Woods and will begin receiving applications during the same period.

“Many thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zion for their commitment to affordable housing and for their generous land donation, which makes this important project possible,” said Richard Koenig, Executive Director of the HODC.

The Zion Woods project will comprise a total of 25 units, with a mix of one, two and three-room apartments that will be handicapped accessible. Designed by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects and built by BCM Construction, the new buildings fit seamlessly into the neighborhood and are certified green. Households earning less than about $ 45,000 a year have the option to apply for a permit. HODC will be the manager of the property. The development will charge below market rents and is aimed at households working in the area and people with disabilities.

Zion will continue to occupy the church building and memorial garden while HODC and Brinshore develop the 8.9 acres of land around the church. The Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Department will use the former rectory for fire drills.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Deerfield, Illinois is the oldest surviving congregation in the North Shore area of ​​Chicago and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Founded in nearby Highwood in 1853, it was a predominantly Swedish community that became more ethnically diverse after moving to Deerfield in 1950. Today, Zion shares the building with North Chicago Onnuri Church, the Jesus is My Pastor Congregation and the Deerfield Boy Scout Troop 150. Long known as a congregation dedicated to promoting ethnic and cultural diversity in the surrounding community Zion pursues its mission as “Growing in Faith to Share God’s Love”.

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC), headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, is a not-for-profit not-for-profit organization founded in 1983. HODC’s mission is to develop, manage, and maintain homes that are affordable for low- and middle-income households, primarily in the northern suburbs of Chicago. HODC has developed and managed over 500 affordable homes.

Brinshore Development LLC (Brinshore), headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, is a national real estate developer with offices in the United States. Brinshore creates high quality, affordable housing with bespoke solutions that reflect the community. Since 1994, Brinshore has developed more than 75 projects in 17 states valued at over $ 1 billion.

For information, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Deerfield: Sue Juhl and Sue Lindsley, Co-Presidents, Zion Council, [email protected]

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC): Richard Koenig, (847) 564-2900

Brinshore Development: David Brint (847) 562-9400.

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