In September 2013, CDF provided $11.45 million in New Markets Tax Credits to Near North Health Service Corporation to support the construction of a 26,500 square foot LEED Gold certified medical facility at 1520 N. Kostner Avenue. The project currently serves 4,500 patients and facilitates 9,200 annual visits. Services include mental health and substance abuse, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dentistry, case management and radiology. The facility also offers specialty dental, radiography, and ophthalmology care onsite, rather than referring patients to offsite specialists, to improve patient service.
In addition to medical services, the new facility offers complete nutrition education. Near North will hire 3 full-time nutritionists and 4 full-time diet clerks to support educational efforts involving the project’s roof top garden, mock grocery store, and demonstration kitchen. The Kostner Avenue project will bring approximately 33 permanent full-time equivalent jobs to the West Humboldt Park community at full operation.
Near North held a ribbon cutting for the facility on November 18th, 2013.