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Pangea Properties Completes First Phase Of Renovations At Apartment Community In Chicago’s South Shore Neighborhood

April 30, 2021

Chicago-based Pangea Properties (Pangea) today announced it completed the first round of renovations of 6904 S. Creiger Ave., a 26-unit apartment building in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood and one of 13 properties Pangea acquired from the Better Housing Foundation (BHF) in July 2020. Pangea is now leasing units with rents ranging from the mid-$900s to $1,075 per month.

A real estate investment trust founded in 2008, Pangea acquires, rehabilitates and improves multifamily residential properties with the philosophy that developing and maintaining these buildings will have a direct impact on the neighborhoods they serve. Over the past 12 years, the firm has invested almost $500 million to acquire and renovate almost 13,000 units in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore.

“Our business is transforming forgotten properties into clean, safe and affordable workforce housing, and 6904 S. Creiger is a great example of the quality we can deliver to our residents and the community,” said Bryan Cullers, regional manager at Pangea. “I have to commend our team for making these units livable again in such a short time and I’m really excited about the bold plans we have for other properties in this portfolio.”

When Pangea acquired the 281-unit BHF portfolio last summer, the buildings had 1,792 code violations and required extensive repairs. In particular, 6904 S. Creiger had boarded-up ground-floor windows, broken downspouts, unsafe stairs, missing lighting and uninhabitable units, with only 10 of 26 units rentable. Pangea began renovations on 6904 S. Creiger upon acquisition last October and the first residents have already moved into completed units.

Located in the Jackson Park Highlands section of the South Shore neighborhood, the property is close to several bus lines and within walking distance to the Bryn Mawr station of the Metra Electric, as well as Walgreens, Starbucks, historic Jackson Park and Lake Michigan’s South Shore beach.

Most of the remaining BHF portfolio is in various stages of permitting and renovations, with gut rehabs planned for several buildings. Pangea will bring more units online in the coming months.

About Pangea Properties:
Pangea Properties is a Chicago-based private real estate investment trust founded in 2008 by Al Goldstein to provide quality, affordable housing. Pangea Properties acquires value-add apartment buildings and renovates them as workforce housing, investing almost $500 million in 12 years to acquire and rehabilitate almost 13,000 units in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore. By doing so, Pangea Properties helps to improve neighborhoods block by block and catalyze nearby development. At a time when most U.S. cities face a workforce housing shortage, Pangea Properties has committed to this housing sector, holding assets for the long term and working to be a positive force in residents’ lives and in the neighborhoods it serves.

 

Located in the Jackson Park Highlands section of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, 6904 S. Creiger Ave. is the first of several buildings in the former Better Housing Foundation portfolio that Pangea Properties will renovate into safe and affordable workforce housing.