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What is The 801?

The 801, located at 801 S. Oak Park Ave, is the newest addition to the Southtown community of Oak Park, slated to open in 2021. The transit-oriented development consists of 35 high quality, yet affordable, rental apartments above two live/work units and approximately 1,000 square feet of commercial retail space. It is a signature building on a key community retail block in one of Oak Park’s vibrant neighborhoods and is designed to complement the rich amenities in the surrounding area.

What type of apartments are available to rent?

There are 3 Studios, 30 one-bedrooms, 2 two-bedrooms, and 2 live/work units.

What is the application process?

The application process will begin in Fall 2020. There will be an online pre-application process in place once lease-up begins. We encourage all interested applications to leave contact information on the Sign-Up page to be added to the interested person list. Please note The 801 is committed to helping provide more affordable rents in Oak Park. Financing that made The 801 possible requires the use of income limits. Applicant will be required to provide financial information evidencing household income. Credit, criminal and eviction records of the applicant will also be obtained with service fees paid by the applicant.

Are there income restrictions?

Financing that made The 801 possible requires the use of income limits, which are set as a percentage of Area Median Income as established by HUD.  Different apartments at The 801 will have different maximum incomes.  However, the highest income limits, as currently provided by HUD, are provided below.  These limits are updated annually.

Household Size Income Limit at 60% of Area Median Income

1 Person $37,440

2 Persons $42,780

3 Persons $48,120

4 Persons $53,460

As of 2/10/20

What happens if my income goes up after I move in?

For The 801, incomes at time of move in can’t be higher than 60% of Area Median Income (“AMI”), which is currently $37,440 for one person.  After move in, if you get a raise and your income exceeds 60% AMI, we will be the first to congratulate you.  We hope our well-located, quality housing with affordable rents help our residents improve their economic outcomes.  However, because The 801 is committed to maintaining rents that are affordable to households earning 60% of AMI or less, HUD requires that we can’t rent to households whose incomes rise to more than 140% of AMI after move in.  Currently, 140% of AMI for 1 person is $87,360. 

Household Size Income Limit at 60% of Area Median Income (AMI)

1 Person $37,440

2 Persons $42,780

3 Persons $48,120

4 Persons $53,460

As of 2/10/20

How much is rent?

Actual rents will be determined closer to the completion of construction and are based on the most up to date Area Median Incomes. Generally, rents are as follows:

Studio – $543-$839

1 Bedroom – $565-$882

2 Bedroom – $1052

Live/Work Coming soon

What utilities are included in the rent?
The tenants are responsible for paying their own gas, electric, phone, and internet. Water service, trash, and recycling are included at no cost.
How much is the Security Deposit?
The 801 charges the equivalent to one month’s rent.
What is a live/work unit?
A live/work unit is an apartment that includes both living quarters and a workspace. The 801 offers two 1-bedroom live/work units that allow tenants the opportunity to seamlessly transform from play to work throughout their day. One of the live/work units has both an income restriction and an artist preference.
For the artist preference live/work unit, how do you define artists?

We understand that artists work within a wide spectrum of creative pursuits. Consequently, our definition of “artist” broadly includes individuals actively engaged in artists and literary activities including; visual arts, theater, multi-media, dance, music, writing, design, and functional art such as furniture making. During the application process, evidence of professional commitment will be requested which can be done through:

  • A resume and/or portfolio that evidences art education, professional training, exhibitions, performances, samples of work, and any career-related information that demonstrates professional intent
  • Advanced education and/or training or knowledge or art or;
  • Other evidence of the attainment of special artistic skills as a workman or craftsman.
Are all art forms allowed for the live/work unit?
Artistic processes that are extremely noisy, require industrial zoning or involve hazardous materials will not be permitted to be conducted in or adjacent to the building. For example, welding, woodworking using power tools, or glass blowing would not be allowed.
Who manages The 801?
A&D Property Services will manage The 801. As they are a small but growing firm based in Chicago, IL, they have enlisted Realty & Mortgage, a 100+ year nationally known property management firm specializing in managing affordable tax-credit housing and mixed-use properties. A&D Property Services will engage with Realty & Mortgage to ensure responsive, respectful, and responsible service to the residents, commercial tenants, and surrounding neighborhood.
What tenant will occupy the commercial retail space?

The tenant occupying the commercial retail space is still to be determined. The Community Builders is working with Theresa Jurgus, a local commercial broker with Baird & Warner, to secure a business that complements, yet not compete with, the existing businesses on S. Oak Park Ave. If you are interested in becoming a tenant at The 801, please contact Theresa at Theresa.jurgus@bairdwarner.com

When will leasing begin?
The 801 is slated to open in the early spring of 2021. The leasing process, including processing applications, will begin in the fall of 2020. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If an applicant is preliminarily approved and there are no available units, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Placement on a waiting list will be based on the order in which the completed applications are received by Property Management.
How do I apply?

There is a two-step application process for rental of units at The 801

  1. Initial Pre-Application Submitted Online: The primary leaseholder must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Tenant Income Verification: Upon receipt of a complete pre-application, the property manager will schedule an interview to verify your household’s financial, rental, credit, and criminal history, which will include completing a Tenant Income Certification form, and full lease application. The Property Manager will screen the information that you provide in this interview.
Will the parking lot at The 801 be available for non-residents and retail customers?
The parking lot will only be available for residents of The 801.
What amenities are included?

Building amenities include secured bicycle storage, on-site parking, trash chute, accessible / elevator access to all floors and 9′ ceilings. The top floor includes a multi-purpose room with expansive glass facing a roof-top terrace overlooking the quaint retail corridor below. The roof-top terrace will be used as a social gathering place for residents to engage in community and enjoy time with one another. The setting is intimate and will be highlighted with comfortable seating.

Unit amenities include well-designed units focused on contemporary open plan living, in-unit washers and dryers, Energy Star dishwashers, microwaves, and tenant-controlled heating and cooling.  High quality plank flooring will be used through the living areas and ceramic tile in the bathrooms.  Two live/work units on the first floor will provide an opportunity for small business owners to live and work affordably while positioning their work for quality access and visibility to the commercial corridor.  Extensive use of low-energy LED lighting and ample daylighting are employed to reduce energy consumption.

Will any of the apartments receive rental assistance?
Yes, a number of apartments are set aside for extremely low-income individuals or families.
Who are The Community Builders?

The Community Builders is one of the nation’s leading non-profit, mission-driven real estate developers.  Our mission is to help build and sustain communities where all people can thrive.  For over 50 years, our business, infrastructure and community program investments help make neighborhoods work for people of all incomes.  For twenty years, The Community Builders has been dedicated to supporting mixed-income communities in metropolitan Chicago.  

How can I learn more information about The 801?
For more information or questions regarding The 801, please leave your contact information below.
How do I report any issues about the property?

During construction, people can contact us via email. Once the property starts pre-leasing, people can contact the property management team. The property management team is committed to providing responsive and respectful services to both residents, retail tenants, and community members. Any issues or concerns should be directed to the property management office within the building. Property management contact information will be provided closer to construction completion.

When will construction start?

Construction has begun and slated to be complete in spring 2021

Who can I contact for more information?
For more information or questions regarding The 801, please leave your information below and a member of our team will reach out to you.

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