EDC signed an agreement with Eco-Panels, establishing EDC as the exclusive distributor and installer of Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels in the Chicago metropolitan region.
Eco-Panels manufactures one of the most advanced panelized building systems on the market, according to building scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy. Its patented structural insulated panels are factory-built.
Affordable housing in Evanston typically comes in the form of units within apartment complexes, but the Evanston Development Cooperative is proposing a new project: coach houses.
On May 9, two dozen people from Evanston gathered at Backlot Coffee on Central Street to talk about affordable housing with Dick Co and Robinson (Robbie) Markus.
Evanston resident Trish Stieglitz can afford to live in Evanston, but it becomes “harder and harder every year,” she said during an affordable housing forum Thursday evening.
At a meeting on Monday night, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to grant Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC) $60,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Fund.
CDBG money comes from a federal program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that allocates money to cities in order to provide direct assistance to businesses.
The panels he brought to the City Council meeting may not look like much, but Dick Co says they are one of the keys to his plan for an Evanston Development Cooperative that would build energy-efficient, affordable housing while creating jobs in the community.