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Skender breaks ground on new women's shelter on Chicago's North Side

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Skender has broken ground on a new, 42,000-square-foot supportive housing facility in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood for Sarah’s Circle. Perkins+Will designed the project and Brinshore Development is representing ownership on the property, which is slated to deliver by fall 2020.

Located at the intersection of Sheridan and Leland, the six-story steel and precast building will include a basement, 38 units for long-term housing and emergency overnight space for 50 nonpermanent beds. The shelter will also feature a food hall, walk-in commercial freezer and hot room. During demolition of the property’s existing building, old materials were preserved for reinstallation in the new structure, including marble for the stairs, timber and terra cotta pieces with facial designs that preserve the old neighborhood aesthetic.

Sarah’s Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space by providing services such as food, clothing, shelter, housing and clinical services for domestic violence and trauma. The organization has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.