Groundbreaking Ceremony at Anthony Place, Ottawa

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Anthony Place, Ottawa

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Anthony Place, Ottawa.

Ottawa, IL – GC Housing Development LLC (GCHD), an affiliate of Crane Construction Company LLC, and Starved Rock Homes Development Corp. (SRHDC), the real estate development division of the Housing Authority of LaSalle County announce that construction has begun on Anthony Place Ottawa Senior Apartments, a four-story development at 727 Clinton Street, directly across the street from City Hall, in downtown Ottawa, IL. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 10th. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2020. When completed, the property will be named after Anthony Grande, the beloved father of Ralph Grande, co-developer of Anthony Place Ottawa, who passed away in 2014.

When complete, Anthony Place Ottawa will be comprised of 56 units of affordable senior housing (42 one- bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units). These one and two-bedroom apartments will be age restricted to those 55 years and older and will include indoor and outdoor parking, common gathering areas such as a community room with kitchen for parties and gatherings as well as a gym, library and crafts room. Twelve (12) units will be for those making 30% or below AMI (area median income). Nine (9) of those twelve (12) units will serve seniors with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness who are referred to the development via the Statewide Referral Network (SRN). Thirteen (13) units will be for those making 50% or below AMI. The remaining Thirty-One (31) units will serve seniors with incomes 60% or below AMI.


GCHD and SRHDC financing, community, and development partners include:

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

City of Ottawa, IL

Raymond James Tax Credit Funds

Citibank, N.A.

Housing Authority for LaSalle County

LaSalle County Veterans Assistance Commission

Landon Bone Baker Architects

Lightengale Group

Association for Individual Development


“We are excited to begin construction on the next Anthony Place Ottawa Senior Apartments development. Anthony Place Ottawa demonstrates the ability of private developers and public institutions to work together in finding solutions that best serve senior citizens. We are pleased to be partnering with the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the Housing Authority for LaSalle County and the City of Ottawa. The City of Ottawa understood and quickly embraced the project.” -Andrew Block, GC Housing Development LLC and Co-President of Crane Construction Company LLC

“This groundbreaking is a welcome step forward for Ottawa in creating quality affordable homes that will allow residents to live and stay in their community as their housing needs change,” IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik said. “Anthony Place will be an asset that will serve the community for years to come, and we are proud to have worked with our public and private partners to help make this development a reality.” -Audra Hamernik, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

“On behalf of the Ottawa City Council and our citizens, we are grateful that GC Housing Development and Crane Construction chose to construct Anthony Place in downtown Ottawa. Through their experience and partnerships, we will have over 50 units of affordable housing for our senior citizens. It is my hope that their experience in Ottawa will lead to future investment in our city to address the need for additional affordable housing for all ages.” -Dan Aussem, Mayor, City of Ottawa

“The lack of affordable, quality housing is a problem many seniors in our communities face, which is why I am thrilled to welcome Anthony Place Senior Apartments to Ottawa,” said State Senator Sue Rezin (R-38th District). “There is no doubt in my mind that the housing they will provide will improve the overall quality of life for our seniors who reside there. This development is sure to be a welcome addition to the community.” -Sue Rezin, State Senator (R-38th District)

“Since its inception in 1947, the objective of SRHDC has been to develop and manage housing to benefit low to moderate income persons throughout LaSalle County. We are very pleased to be partnering with GC Housing Development on a development that truly meets the diversified needs of the residents of Ottawa.” -Rick Jurkas, Executive Director, The Housing Authority for LaSalle County


Press Release originally written by: Andrew Block, Co-President of Crane Construction Company LLC.

Anthony Place Ottawa Groundbreaking Photo by Kelly Peairs; Rendering by Landon Bone Baker Architects

Lightengale Group (LGG) Senior Project Manager, Sharnette Brown, (third from right) is pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony.



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