CNT board members honored at Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

Congratulations to current and former CNT board members who were honored at the 16th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. These awards recognize individuals, non-profits and for-profit organizations that have improved the quality of life in our region’s communities and neighborhoods.

Board member Patricia Saldaña Natke & her firm UrbanWorks won the First Place Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for the UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus – which once was an abandoned industrial bakery in the Archer Heights community area. In accepting the award, Pat expressed the joy she had in designing a facility for children of all ages in the neighborhood where she grew up. Its unique design opens up to the community through an inviting glass facade. This sustainable project includes a green roof, energy efficiency measures, and solar panels and has applied for LEED gold certification.

The Whistler Crossing development in south suburban Riverdale won two awards for two of our former board members.  Former board member Peter Holsten whose firm, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation and its non-profit partner Turnstone Development, won the Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award.  Our recently retired board member, Jonathan Boyer was a member of the architectural firm, Farr Associates, that designed the redevelopment of this neglected low-rise subsidized housing project. Through Farr’s design process, 90 historic townhouses were restored and rehabilitated and two new mixed-use buildings were built. The project used new sustainable features like rain gardens and cantilevered street lights. The project also received Illinois’ first LEED-ND award.

Finally, this year’s Friend of the Neighborhoods Award was posthumously awarded to our former board and founding member, Michael W. Scott, for his leadership and commitment that he brought to all the work that he did for children, parks, and neighborhoods. His wife, Diana Palomar, accepted the award.