Construction Begins On 'The Hills'

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Work began on Oct. 7 on "The Hills," a new development of 50 affordable rental homes that will replace the 50 Long Avenue housing units in Hillsboro.

According to Montgomery County Housing Authority CEO Kelly Moroney, contractor Windsor Construction began work on the empty lots that are neighboring the Long Avenue housing units.  The work will be completed in phases with the first ready by June 2020 and the last by June 2021.

Funding is primarily through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which has allocated $2.7 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and $545,000 in State Donation Tax Credits to finance The Hills. The award is an important step towards replacing the obsolete Long Avenue public housing complex in Hillsboro with a blend of modern town homes and single-family rental homes.

As a result of the IHDA financing the property will offer more affordable rents for families served by the Montgomery County Housing Authority.

Developed by The Montgomery County Housing Authority and Windsor Development Group, The Hills will replace Long Avenue, a complex of 50 units of barracks-style housing built in the 1950s, with a mix of new single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes. In addition to the new homes, a community center will be built to serve families of the development.

When complete, The Hills will offer a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes and town homes. Each unit will include an attached garage and a full range of in-unit amenities including refrigerators, electric ranges, dishwashers, and individual washers and dryers.

All 50 units will be subsidized by rental assistance from the Montgomery County Housing Authority, ensuring residents pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent. In addition, there will be four units designated for veterans.

Leasing will take place as the units are completed and turned over to the housing authority. For leasing information, contact Tysha Mullen at the Montgomery County Housing Authority, 217-532-3672 extension 230.

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