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Northlake’s Wisdom Village Wins Plaudits for Affordable Housing

Turnstone Development’s Wisdom Village of Northlake, a new senior housing complex in Northlake, IL, was recognized with the annual Gale Cincotta Award for Innovation and Excellence in Affordable Housing in metropolitan Chicago. The recognition came from the Illinois Housing Development Authority at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing last month.

Designed for the 55 and older demographic, the six-story elevator building offers 71 mixed-income units. “There was a clear need for it in that location,” said Turnstone COO Sue Wiemer. “We had over 250 applicants on the waiting list.”

The property was previously zoned commercial, but was re-zoned to make way for senior housing. Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin said the planning of the project led to the creation of a new zoning classification for senior housing, which reduced the number of parking spaces mandated by the city and allowed the development to fit within site.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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