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Ribbon Cutting Held at Mel Hasty

(East Peoria) Local and state dignitaries were on hand today to help the Laborers’ Home Development Corporation (LHDC) commemorate the completion of renovation of the Mel Hasty Retirement Center with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

In attendance were State Senator Dave Koehler, State Representative Mike Unes, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, LIUNA Vice President & Midwest Regional Manager John F. Penn and Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) Christine Moran.

Built in 1989, Mel Hasty, a 5-story, 60-unit affordable independent senior development, has undergone renovations to the exterior including new Energy Star rated reflective roof coating and entry lighting as well as a new entry level doors and card reading system. Interior improvements to dwelling units include kitchen upgrades such as new cabinets, countertops and appliances.

With a construction budget of more than $4 million, the rehabilitation of Mel Hasty has employed more than 70 skilled union workers, providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Laborers’ Home Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, is a not-for-profit housing development organization, which provides quality and affordable housing that’s built using 100% union labor.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to be a part of a community like this that provides quality, affordable housing for our senior citizens” said John Penn “After all, that’s what unions are all about, improving peoples’ lives.”

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the Richman Group, Illinois National Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank AHP Funds and LHDC provided financing for the development. The construction and design team consisted of CORE Construction and Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects

"Our partners did an outstanding job on this renovation," IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik said. "IHDA is proud to have contributed federal tax credits to this public-private partnership which generated the financing needed to restore the quality of each apartment and give the building new life as a community resource."

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