Rosenwald Courts Developer, LLC is a venture between the principals of Iceberg Development, Evercore Companies, RCAP LP, Lightengale Group, and DR Rosenwald. Some of the principals of these entities include Jim Bergman, Amit Goel, David Roos, and LGG partners. This group brought a variety of specialized experience in historic preservation, large scale developments, EB-5 funding, public housing redevelopment, and challenging multi-layered financing.
The nationally designed historic Rosenwald Courts will convert the existing vacant building covering an entire city block between 46th and 47th, Wabash and Michigan into Rosenwald Courts, with 239 one and two- bedroom units of senior and family housing with a two-acre professionally landscaped interior courtyard. There will also be approximately 40,000 gross square feet of retail and office space along 47th street / Wabash Avenue and 150 parking spaces.
The Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments was developed in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald, then president of Sears, Roebuck & Company, to provide decent affordable workforce housing for African-American working families. The burgeoning Bronzeville area was becoming overcrowded with people migrating north during the Great Migration, and was in desperate need for decent, affordable housing. The 454-unit apartment complex, which the residents called “The Rosenwald,” was almost exclusively rented by middle-class African-Americans, and remained a successful building until the 1960s, when it fell into disrepair along with the overall neighborhood. The building was designated a national landmark in 1981 and has been vacant since 1999. The construction will be completed in 2016.