Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative
September 18, 2007
Launched in 2006, the Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative is a neighborhood revitalization and housing reinvestment program in the North Lawndale, East Garfield, and West Garfield neighborhoods on Chicago's west side. Greystones are limestone-clad homes, typically more than 100 years old and often found contiguous with Chicago's famed park and boulevard system. The Greystone Initiative, a program of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, serves two broad purposes: provide homeowners with financial and technical resources to preserve, restore, and modernize their historic residences, and increase "pride of place" and community engagement in Chicago's greystone neighborhoods.
In this program, Charles Leeks of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago spoke about how the Greystone Initiative is working to achieve these ends, in particular the program's toolkit, which includes an innovative combination of cultural heritage programming, historic preservation resources, green building methods, model buildings, targeted financial incentives, and affordable financing for greystone purchase or rehab.