Pedro Albizu Campos Apartments Ribbon Cutting

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Chicago, IL, May 17th, 2024 – Historic Humboldt Park and the Paseo Boricua officially welcomed a new residence with the grand opening of the Pedro Albizu Campos Apartments at 1203 North California Avenue. The 9-story building, named in honor of Puerto Rican patriot and activist Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, was inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by City and Congressional dignitaries and community leaders. With its completion, the project realizes a long-time goal to honor the life efforts of Dr. Campos.

Sixty-four affordable, family-oriented apartments are provided to a community under pressure from a housing shortage, rising development costs, and changing demographics. Area residents who might otherwise be displaced are instead offered an opportunity to remain and continue the vibrance and cultural heritage that has become synonymous with Humboldt Park. This state-of-the-art building incorporates amenities and sustainable features designed to support healthy families in a pedestrian-oriented environment.

The ceremony featured speeches from distinguished guests, including Jose Lopez of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, 26th Ward Alderperson Jessie Fuentes, Chicago DOH Commissioner Lindsey Castaneda, and CHA CEO Tracey Scott. Their remarks acknowledged the significance of the project, which anchors an important corner and preserves the cultural and social fabric of one of Chicago's great neighborhoods.

Led by CEO and visionary Paul Roldan of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, this is a new vertical neighborhood that transforms a previously unused corner lot into a community icon projecting revitalization and resilience. A large, multi-story mural by local artist Antonio Beniquez depicting the Flor de Maga, Puerto Rico's national flower, celebrates the area's Puerto Rican heritage. The Pedro Albizu Campos Apartments stand as a testament to the power of community-driven development and the enduring spirit of Humboldt Park's residents.